Saturday, August 11, 2007

IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager Pro 7

I had the opportunity this past week to talk with John Milan from TeamDirection which publishes IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager, an easy to use project management software application with full synchronization with MindManager Pro 7. During my LiveMeeting session, one of the key features that came into sharp focus and that differentiates IntelliGantt from some of the other project management software with links to MindManager, is the ability to share and collaborate on your projects with your project management team.

Using MindManager Pro 7 on a Windows platform you are able to brainstorm your tasks for a specific project and with a click of the IntelliGantt button synchronize all of the tasks to IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager. IntelliGantt seamlessly synchronizes all of the data and now you are able to work with the tasks in a project management software application. Once you are in IntelliGantt you are able to drag the timeline bars in the Gantt View and set the percentage of the task completed as well as assign a person to a particular task. While this is important, IntelliGantt takes the process one step further and allows you using either a hosted SharePoint or Groove network to invite your project team members so that they are able to share the project data using nothing more than a browser. IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager can also be configured to run from a file server right out of the box. Team members can see your topics in a task list, update their priority, percent complete and notes. If your team is more accustomed to using Mindjet MindManager Pro 7 you can publish and synchronize changes to your mind map with your team!. When they are done collaborating they can simply click on a button and see the results right in their mind map.

During my LiveMeeting session with John I was impressed by the ease of use and how well IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager was integrated with MindManager Pro 7. More importantly this is a tool that will allow your team to collaborate and focus on the tasks at hand as you move through the project. What a great way to keep on top of things in a truly collaborative work space with everyone having access to the pertinent information. One of the missing pieces that is not found in IntelliGantt is the ability to keep on top of costs and expenses for the project. As we know, collaboration is the key, and if you can get everyone on the same track moving in the right direction then projects are more likely to be done on time and in an efficient manner impacting on the bottom line. If your team is one that uses MindManager Pro 7 on a regular basis then you should definitely explore the benefits of using IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager with your next project. You can download a free trial version of IntelliGantt Add-In for MindManager from the TeamDirection website and give it a try.

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