Eight free project management templates

To make your next project run like a dream, check out our link library that directs you to nearly a dozen free project management templates and resources, including a free alternative to Microsoft Project, and Gantt chart how-tos.

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.

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:

Source: CVR/IT Consulting LLC
Offering: A full list of project management templates for free download for nonprofits, government organizations or personal research.

Source: Key Consulting
Offering: A list of project planning templates, graphics, resources and other information for project management -- including an Excel project portfolio management template.

Source: PMIS Consulting
Offering: Free project management templates for tracking business requirements, risks and the delivery plan.

  Creating a Gantt chart  

Source: Bright Hub
Offering: Articles addressing how to create Gantt Charts in both Excel and Microsoft Project 2007.

  Monitoring project status  

Source: ITtoolkit.com
Offering: Project status report template covering the task, targeted end date and current status. Easy to read and navigate.

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