Time Tracking (WAS " Freeware Time Planning Tool?")

Subject: Time Tracking (WAS " Freeware Time Planning Tool?")
From: "Pinkham, Jim" <Jim -dot- Pinkham -at- voith -dot- com>
To: "Steve Schwarzman" <steve -at- writersbookmall -dot- com>, "Bill Swallow" <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:20:26 -0500

Seems to me that's a bit of a fork in the road, Steve, though the two
topics are complementary. My favorite time-tracking tool for flexibility
and ease of use has been Grindstone (www.epiforge.com) for more than a
year now.

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Subject: Re: Freeware Time Planning Tool?

I would use (and do use) a timeclock program. Having worked many years
in an environment where billing was to the tenth of an hour, precise
allocation of time to projects became second nature. There are many
programs out there; one I've used with satisfaction is traxtime:
www.spudcity.com/traxtime

It's crucial to know how long each of your projects takes. Without this
knowledge, you can't reliably estimate future projects. With it, you can
estimate projects of thousands of person-hours accurately.

<commercial plug>
In my book, I devote quite a number of pages to a methodology of
estimating projects accurately. And the first step in the process, upon
which all others depend, is accurate tracking of past and current
projects. There's more to it than that - analyzing the variables in your
different projects that make some take longer and some not, and
constantly refining this analysis in the context of your organization.
But the first step is to know how long your projects have taken you in
the past.
</commercial plug>

Steve Schwarzman
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Freeware Time Planning Tool?: From: Nancy Allison
Re: Freeware Time Planning Tool?: From: Bill Swallow
Re: Freeware Time Planning Tool?: From: Steve Schwarzman

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