When kicking off any IT project, getting from beginning to end can be a challenge. Requirements change, budgets are tight and staying on schedule always sounds easier than it actually is. But project management templates can help.
The following collection of free project management templates come from all over -- consultancies, government organizations and universities -- and offer a range of approaches. We've also included some informative how-tos, including how to build a Gantt chart and how to craft a business case for your project.
Check out some of these free project management templates, resources, checklists and even software to see if they might make your next IT initiative a little easier.
|Getting started: Tools, templates and checklists|
Source: Serena Software
Offering: OpenProj is free, open source project management software and an alternative to Microsoft Project.
Source: The Office of Government Commerce (U.K.)
Offering: Free templates for building a business case. Templates include a "fitness for purpose" checklist that covers the five key aspects every business case should have: strategic fit, options appraisal, commercial aspects, affordability and achievability.
Source:Project Management Docs
Offering: Project Management Body of Knowledge-based templates, covering the cycle from project initiation to close. Some of the templates included in this list are:
- Project meeting agenda template and project charter (downloadable Word and .pdf documents)
- Communication management plan template (.pdf document)
- Cost management plan (.pdf document)
Source: CVR/IT Consulting LLC
Offering: A full list of project management templates for free download for nonprofits, government organizations or personal research.
Source: PMIS Consulting
Offering: Free project management templates for tracking business requirements, risks and the delivery plan.
|Creating a Gantt chart|
|Monitoring project status|
Offering: Project status report template covering the task, targeted end date and current status. Easy to read and navigate.