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Table of Content

 1. Collaborative Project Management Tools

1.1 Background

1.2 Difference Between Collaboration Managemant and Collaboration Project Management

 2. Dimensions

 2.1 Example of Some Common Dimensions for CPM Tools

 3. See Allso

 4. References






Collaborative Project Management Tools


Collaborative Project Management Tools (CPMT) definition is very similar to Collaborative Management Tool(CMT) definition except that CMT may only facilitate and manage a certain group activities for a part of a bigger project or task, while CPMT covers all detailed aspects of collaboration activities and management of the overall project and its related knowledge areas.


Another major difference is that CMP may include social software while CPMT mostly considers business or corporate related goals with some kind of social boundaries most commonly used for project management.





During the mid – 1990s Project Management started to evolve into Collaborative Project Management; this was when the process in which a project’s inputs and outputs were carried out started to change with the evolution of the internet. Since the geographical boundaries broadened the development teams increasingly became more remote changing the dynamics of a project team thus changing the way a project was managed.


Former chairman of GE Jack Welch believed that you could not be successful if you went it alone in a global economy. Therefore Welch became a driving force behind not only collaboration between organizations, but also collaborative project management.



Difference Between Collaborative Management Tools and Collaborative Project Management Tools



Collaborative Project Management Tools Collaborative Management Tools

In addition to most CMT examples, CPMT also includes:


CMT facilitate and manage social or group activities,


examples include:


  • Online spreadsheets






Different frameworks could be established based on a project needs and requirements in order to find the best software. But the best framework is the one in which the characteristics are so well defined that they cover all the aspects of collaboration activities and management of the overall project.




Example of Some Common Dimension for CPM Tool


The challenge in determining which CPM software to use is having a good understanding of the requirements and tools needed for project development. There are many dynamics that make project management challenging (coordination, collaboration, sharing of knowledge and effectiveness of pm’s to facilitate the process). Choosing the right CPM software is essential to complementing these issues. According to a survey conducted in 2008 to find out what project managers expectations and uses of project management software are, the features most important to project managers with project management software were:



  • Ability to plan using and sequence activities using CPM/PDM/PERT or Gantt Chart method,


  • Produce project master schedules based on project/task breakdown structures, with subordinate details.


  • Critical path calculation.





Dimensions Descriptions / Examples
Resources Requirements
  • Human
  • Equipment
  • Time
  • Cost
System Requirements
  • Platform: The operating system that the system can perform on (example Windows, Mac, Linux). Platform type single and multiple.
  • Hardware: physical requirements such as hard drive space and amount of memory. 

  •  Installation/access: How and where the software is installed.
  • Types of installations stand alone, server based, web portal.
Support Requirements
  • Email
  • 24/7 or restricted schedules
  • Online or web help
  • Built-in Help i.e. MS Office
  • On location assistance
  • Training on-site/off-site
Collaboration Requirements
  • Group Size: The number of users that software supports 
  • Email list
  • Revision Control
  • Charting
  • Document retention
  • Document versioning
  • Document sharing
  • Document repository



See also


Collaborative learning-work

Collaborative software

Collaborative translation

Collaborative innovation network

Collaboration science

Content management system

Computer-supported collaboration

Computer supported cooperative work

Document management system

Electronic business

Enterprise content management


Human-based genetic algorithm

Information technology management


Knowledge management

List of collaborative software

Management information systems


Massively distributed collaboration

Online consultation

Online deliberation

Organizational Memory System

Project management

Web conferencing







1. Lockwood, A. (2008). The Project Manager's Perspective on Project Management Software Packages. Avignon, France. Retrieved February 24, 2009. From http://www.pmi.org/PDF/Lockwood%20-%20PMI%20Survey%20Report.pdf


2. Pedersen, A.A. (2008). Collaborative Project Management. Retrieved February 25, 2009. From http://www.databasedesign-resource.com/collaborative-project-management.html


3. Romano, N.C., Jr., Nunamaker, J.F., Jr., Fang, C., & Briggs, R.O. (2003). A Collaborative Project Management Architecture.[abstract] Retrieved February 25, 2009. System Sciences, 2003. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Volume, Issue, 6-9 Jan. 2003 Page(s): 12 pp From http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/Xplore/defdeny.jsp?url=/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=x&tp=x&arnumber=1173655&isnumber=26341&code=21&code=21#




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