What is a Project Management Information System (PMIS)?

Project Management Information Systems (PMIS)

The PMIS is a tool that can help the project team to plan, schedule, monitor and report on a project.

A PMIS is typically a computer-driven system (though it can be paper-based) to aid a project manager in the development of the project. A PMIS is a tool for, not a replacement of, the project manager.

A PMIS can calculate schedules, costs, expectations, and likely results.

The PMIS cannot, however, replace the expert judgment of the project manager and the project team. The goal of a PMIS is to automate, organise, and provide control of the project management processes.

A typical PMIS software system has:

 WBS creation tools

 Calendaring features

 Scheduling abilities

 Work authorisation tools

 Earned Value Management (EVM) controls

 Quality control charts, PERT charts, Gantt charts, and other charting features

 Calculations for the critical path, Earned Value Management (EVM), target dates based on the project schedule, and more

 Resource tracking and leveling

 Reporting functionality

The PMIS is used by the project management team to support generation of a project charter, facilitate feedback as the document is refined, control changes to the project charter, and release the approved document.

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