Do you have difficulty explaining the goals of projects to your staff? Is it difficult to get their buy-in to the project? Have you ever had one of those "projects from hell" where important tasks were missed out, or there were insufficient allowances made for the risk factors? Do you ever try bringing new staff on to a project which is underway, and have great difficulty in getting them to understand the big picture of what the project goals are?
These problems are often very costly, in terms of time, money and your reputation. Just about every project manager has faced these issues at some time in their career, so you are not alone!
We have a totally unique and very powerful solution to these (and many other) project management problems. It is not just one program, but the combination of two programs working together to provide the ultimate in project setup and management.
Merlin 2 is the leading professional project management software for Mac OS X. Developed by project managers for project managers, Merlin truly delivers in meeting your professional requirements.
Merlin is recognized globally not only by its customers but with numerous industry awards. Merlin stands apart as the most professional tool for projects of all kinds on the Apple Macintosh.
NovaMind is used during the initial stages of the project to brainstorm the project goals and potential solutions. This provides a powerful way for the staff involved in planning the project to work together, building a definition of the problem that will be solved by the project. You use the media library, iPhoto, other images, and color and shape to enhance the Mind Map, making it clear to everyone what ideas are related to each other, and the importance of the tasks.
From this you build a Mind Map with all the major tasks and their subtasks identified on topics on the Mind Map, again using visual representations to identify task relationships and building clarity.
Everyone understands clearly the goals and tasks involved in the project because they can see how everything fits together visually.
Brainstorm with your colleagues and capture information as a MindMap. Whether you are using NovaMind, you can quickly and easily take the results of your brainstorming sessions and open it in Merlin as the basis for creating the initial structure of your project.
Beginning with MS Project 98 and up through MS Project 2011, Merlin understands the MS Project file format. Merlin can read MPP, XML or MPX files and write to XML or MPX formats if necessary. This helps pave the way free of obstacles to easily collaborate with those using Microsoft Office Project on Windows.
Elements represent one of the most compelling and unique features in Merlin. Elements allow you to attach key data and information to individual activities, milestones, and projects. Take advantage of the six different types of Elements that Merlin provides to integrate into your project plans. Elements helps ensure that all key data, documents, and information is readily available and optimally organized to help you retain control of your projects. Elements also offer a rich layer of knowledge by offering version control, allowing you to trace the history of changes made to critical information during the course of a project.
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