Zilicus, the provider of the leading project management software ZilicusPM, launched project management software ZilicusPM 11.1. The latest version of ZilicusPM has introduced a feature for project managers to write down/document project scope, project requirements, project review online. Other features and enhancements introduced in ZilicusPM11.1 will make project manager more productive with keyboard hotkeys for project planning as well as resource mapping while importing MS project plan in ZilicusPM.

The features and enhancements introduced in the latest version of project management tool - ZilicusPM 11.1 are.

Important Update

  • Record, Track Project Scope, Project Requirement, Project Review, etc
  • Importing Microsoft Project Plan - Mapping Resources
  • Keyboard Shortcut for Quick Project Planning/Scheduling

Record, Track Project Scope, Project Requirements, Project Review

An experienced project manager will insist on clearly written down project charter, project scope, project requirements. Well documented project scope, requirements help project managers to plan projects more effectively. Now ZilicusPM enables project owners to document & record project artifacts like project charter, project scope for a given project.

A project owner will be able to add/update sections on this screen. The default sections available for project manager are Project Scope and Project Objectives. Project owner can create new section (section heading & description) or update default section heading as desired.

Import Microsoft Project Plan with Resources 

With ZilicusPM 11.1, project owners/planners while importing project plan can specify resource mapping. Following two screens show how to import MS Project plan in ZilicusPM and map Resources-in-MS-Project-Plan with Project-Resources-In-ZilicusPM software. If user chooses to map resources, this feature will ensure that all activities assigned to a resource specified in MS Project plan will have same activities assigned to mapped resources from project team in ZilicusPM.

While importing MS Project plan in ZilicusPM, user will see a confirmation screen whether to append tasks from MS Project to existing project schedule in ZilicusPM or skip import. Also an user will be shown message whether to map resources or continue-to-import resources without mapping.

Keyboard Hotkeys for Quick Project Planning 

New set of keyboard hotkeys will make project planning quicker for project planner. Using these keyboard shortcut keys an user can quickly edit/update/delete tasks in project schedule. These keyboard shortcut keys available on Project Schedule screen. Some of the keyboard shortcut introduced are

F2                                       : Make selected task editable (ready to edit)

Escape  : Exit editable mode for a selected task

Control + Insert               :  Add a new task below

Control + Shift + Insert : Add a new sub-task below

Delete                                : Delete a selected task

Tab : Once a given task is made editable, project planner can user tab to add/update task name, change start date, change duration, change task priority, update task status, update task % completion, assign resource(s)

You can also use keyboard shortcut in Advance Schedule and Gantt page such as

Alt + T   :   To add new task

Alt + R           :   To add recurring task

Delete           :   Delete selected task

Control + C   :   Copy a task or group of tasks (depending on selection)

Control + V   :    Paste a task or group of tasks (depending on selection)

as shown below

If you have been managing projects with conventional spreadsheet/ MS Excel templates or emails, it is the right time to start using online project management software. Take a screenshot tour of project management system ZilicusPM and Sign up for 30-days free trial of project management software ZilicusPM 11.1. If you are managing your business proposals using MS Word or Google Doc, it is also the time to switch to online proposal software.

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