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As we are now in the age of global economies of scale and online mass communication, managing projects has had to go this way too. In addition to using software programs for the PC, many individual and corporate project managers have opted to manage their projects virtually. With today’s companies working offsite from headquarters, or halfway around the world, there is a market for being able to share and manipulate data in real time. For example, Google offers a free area within the mail function called Google docs. This is a storage place for documents that can be shared between users. It is simple, easy to use, and best of all, free. Another example of a current online service is Wrike.66This website is a simple online tool to help plan and collaborate activities with other people through email. The website describes its mission as “a leader in online Project Management.”67Their lowest-level membership is free; however, there is a cost based on the number of project users. Projects are created online and tasks are disseminated via email, depending on their due date. Although one must be granted a license to use the site, it was found to be very user-friendly and on trend with current expectations for immediate real-time, 24x7 communication. 66Wrike.com, Online Project Management. [online] available from www.wrike.com; Internet, accessed 6 September 2007. 67Ibid.
82Summary With the multitude of software applications available to consumers in this ever-increasing technology-drive global market, options for managing a project abound in what was listed and used for this essay. Aplications were specifically chosen based on my professional experience with them and because my computer already had them installed; therefore, no extra monetary costs. Because they are integrated, I found efficiencies with their use in streamlining my creation of documents and graphics for the project in this essay. For the purposes of recital preparation, this author advocates one to start with the application(s) already on their computer, as most newer PCs come with factory-direct software installed via the Microsoft Office bundle. It is important to be creative, but more important is what will work best for the user without adding undue time and cost to the recital planning process.
CHAPTER EIGHT CONCLUSIONS In conducting this study, this author has come to see and understand first-hand the benefits of formal and proper planning for performance. The research of current authors and performing colleagues all point to this planning trend – whether it is mental or physical strategies, or simply better time management for practicing, the current literature suggests that planning is effective. Therefore, using elements of traditional project management can and do work for this type of project. From this, the following conclusions have been drawn.