meets the needs of a broad spectrum of users, illustrated by four distinct groups of users, described below.
Large Business—Business today are more and more project-centric. Most of
these projects tend to be small to mid-sized, demanding quick turnaround. And,
the people responsible for managing these projects often have no formal project management expertise or background. Project
KickStart’s intuitive graphical interface leads the user through the process of brainstorming, planning and scheduling
a project in a quick logical manner. Drag and Drop Libraries of typical Phases, Goals and Obstacles help speed the process.
Library terms can be customized by each user making the program, over time, a repository of worker knowledge. The program’s
Gantt chart is often all that is needed to track tasks.
For companies that
have standardized on larger programs, Project KickStart can be used by those contributing to the larger plan and by project
managers for the critical initial-planning phase. Data can be transferred from Project KickStart to Microsoft Project, SureTrak
Project Scheduler, and FastTrack. Departments currently using Project KickStart
include Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations and IT.
Small Business. Small business users
like Project KickStart’s ease of use and project planning guidance. They
usually have small to mid-size projects and few resources. Planning a direct
mail campaign, company newsletter, launching a new product, program services, marketing campaigns, business plans, and proposals
are examples of some projects amenable to Project KickStart. Their software budgets
are lean. They are shopping for the most productivity they can get for the buck! Technical expertise runs the gamut. Larger project management packages are loaded with more features than this group needs
and price points are too high. Project KickStart’s links to Word and Excel are helpful for producing proposals and reports.
They need a quick task list generator, and Project KickStart fits the bill.
Education. Project management trainers,
consultants and educators have all recommended Project KickStart to their students as a fast and easy way to build a strategic
plan. Project KickStart is being used in schools and universities all over the
world and was selected by the Singapore Ministry of Education for all the high schools in that country.
4. Non Profits.
These users like Project KickStart’s ease of use for developing program tasks. Their software budgets are lean.
They are shopping for the most productivity they can get for the buck! Technical expertise and project management skills run
the gamut. Traditional project management packages are loaded with more features
than this group needs and price points are too high. Project KickStart’s links to Outlook, Word and Excel are helpful
for this group for producing proposals and reports. Direct mail campaigns, client consulting, event planning, volunteer coordination,
Web site development, proposals and fund raising are examples of some projects Project KickStart is used for.