Training Courses Books and Software Tutorials and Articles SITE MAP AND SEARCH





IT Investment Books, CDs, & Software

FAST Planner for IT (Excel Add-on)

Software & CDs



Designed For



FAST Planner for IT
Publisher: Resource Management Systems, Inc.
Version 1.0, Add-on for Microsoft Excel


Ease of Use and Training

Q. Is it difficult to learn and use?

A. Not at all. To use FAST Planner for IT you basically need to have: 1) a general idea of the work you need to do, 2) an idea of when you want to do it, 3) your best estimate of the resources (i.e., people, hardware, contracts, etc.) that may be needed. That's it. FAST Planner for IT guides you step-by-step through the process - just fill in the blanks with the information you know and skip what you don't.

Back To "FAST Planner for IT" FAQ Index Page

Q. Is there a "help" function and a user manual?

A. Yes. There is an extensive help function. A user manual is supplied in PDF format for on-screen viewing or printing; the hard copy version of the user manual can be purchased online at in the "Products" section.

In addition, the software provides numerous context-related "hints" about the software, preliminary planning, and cost estimating.

Back To "FAST Planner for IT" FAQ Index Page

Q. Do I need training to use FAST Planner for IT?

A. No. It is likely to take you longer to decide upon a name for your project than to learn to use this software.

Back To "FAST Planner for IT" FAQ Index Page

Q. How quickly can I create a project plan and cost estimate?

A. As quickly as you can type the information. Data-entry screens and fields are straightforward and easy to understand.

Making decisions about your project is what is likely to take up your time, e.g. answering questions like "do I think the testing phase should begin in September or October" will take longer than clicking on a month and date in the pop-up calendar. And, that is the way it should be.

After all, shouldn't you be spending more time thinking about your project instead of learning how to use the software?

Back To "FAST Planner for IT" FAQ Index Page

Q. I am already using RMS' "11 Steps" Guide to help write my project's budget justification; are they cross-referenced?

A. The software is cross-referenced to RMS' 11 Steps to Developing Winning IT Budget Justifications (Second or Lite Editions) when the two address topics that they have in common. "11 Steps" Guides printed before September 1998 are not cross-referenced to the software. Nonetheless, terminology and definitions are used consistently in all products.

Keep in mind that while these two products share a common goal, i.e., to help organizations make faster and better IT investment decisions, they have different purposes. The "11 Steps" Guides contain a procedure and detailed instructional for writing a complete budget justification; FAST Planner for IT focuses primarily on the initial project plan and cost estimate.

Back To "FAST Planner for IT" FAQ Index Page



Back To:
Software & CDs


Copyright 2009 Resource Management Systems, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.