When kicking off any IT project, getting from beginning to end can be a challenge. Requirements change, budgets are tight and staying on schedule always sounds easier than it actually is. But project management templates can help.
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The following collection of free project management templates come from all over -- consultancies, government organizations and universities -- and offer a range of approaches. We've also included some informative how-tos, including how to build a Gantt chart and how to craft a business case for your project.
Check out some of these free project management templates, resources, checklists and even software to see if they might make your next IT initiative a little easier.
|Getting started: Tools, templates and checklists|
Source: Serena Software
Offering: OpenProj is free, open source project management software and an alternative to Microsoft Project.
Source: The Office of Government Commerce (U.K.)
Offering: Free templates for building a business case. Templates include a "fitness for purpose" checklist that covers the five key aspects every business case should have: strategic fit, options appraisal, commercial aspects, affordability and achievability.
Source:Project Management Docs
Offering: Project Management Body of Knowledge-based templates, covering the cycle from project initiation to close. Some of the templates included in this list are:
- Project meeting agenda template and project charter (downloadable Word and .pdf documents)
- Communication management plan template (.pdf document)
- Cost management plan (.pdf document)
Source: CVR/IT Consulting LLC
Offering: A full list of project management templates for free download for nonprofits, government organizations or personal research.
Source: PMIS Consulting
Offering: Free project management templates for tracking business requirements, risks and the delivery plan.
|Creating a Gantt chart|
|Monitoring project status|
Offering: Project status report template covering the task, targeted end date and current status. Easy to read and navigate.