I'd like some advice on the following:-
As a project manager I have a number of complex projects on the go at any one time. Each project can have sub-projects which, in turn, have there own sub-projects. Often sub-projects have dependencies between them, some are delagated to my reportees, some are critical path etc.
I often use Excel or MS Project to manage these projects.
My problem is how should I integrate them onto my GTD Projects list whilst minimising duplication between this and the Excel spreadsheet/MS Project schedule?
My initial feeling was to list each project and sub-project separately. However, on a flat list (I'm plain Palm vanilla flavour) I just find that this is too little information for me to feel comfortable with.
The other way I have tried is to just list the "master" project and then use the Excel Spreadsheet/Microsoft Project as Project Support so that it gets reviewed each week.
My problem here is that I then feel that my Project list is not truly representative ie it may only contain a dozen or so entries but in reality I know that I have 5 or 6 times that many GTD Projects on the go.
I have tried using Bonsai as an outline manager and whilst I love it it does appeal to the creative tinker in me (hence why I want to stay vanilla). Also I found I was back into duplication mode ie I would create an outline equivalent of my Excel spreadsheet.
I would be interested in hearing from any other project managers about how they handle this scenario. If you use an outliner, how do you avoid duplication and making it too complex?