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System requirements: Mac OS 12.0 or later

inShort² - A project manager for macOS | Product Hunt

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Build diagrams

inShort² has abundant opportunities for diagramming related tasks. In a diagram, you can specify the processes themselves, the resources they use, and goals to be achieved as a result of execution of tasks. Several types of representation of processes and resources allow you to visually display the specifics of any problem, and the use of the decision-making objects enables you to provide for different ways of development of the situation.

Thought-out formalism of diagram construction allows you to build correct and consistent schemes, which is perfectly reflected in one of the user reviews:
"Very original: inShort diagrams have a surprise property, most often than not, if they look right, they work right, and if they look wrong, they are most likely wrong. This works like an instant quality control. I used them a lot when I try to understand, explain, or figure out things."

Below is a diagram obtained directly from the application.

Legend: Goals are marked with right-angled figures. The fulfilled tasks are marked with green, while the active — with red.

Refine

Almost every task in the program can be drilled down to a separate diagram, until the project is broken down into elementary operations.

So instead of one complex and confusing diagram you get a set of simple and easily readable structured schemes.

Compose plans

From the resulting map of tasks, you can compose a detailed plan and start its execution, marking the progress in the application. For convenient control of plans, tasks can also be displayed as ordinary Gantt charts. Thus, the application provides everything you need for working with projects.

It should be noted that the program supports the design techniques of the Theory of Constraints. After passing a little training directly in the application, a user can learn a new effective approach to the task management. That is why the application can be useful both for professional users and for beginners in this field.

Below is the Gantt chart corresponding to the scheme placed above.

List of Key features

Building the diagram of processes and resources (PERT network diagram of the project, based on BPMN notation)

Drill down the diagram elements

Tracking the execution of processes

Advanced mode of pre-planning

Integration with the standard Calendar and Reminders

Displaying the list of tasks in the form of a Gantt chart

Queues of tasks: organize the work with active tasks in accordance with the elements of the GTD methodology

Working calendars taking into account various schedules of work for implementation of tasks

Ability to specify the expected time of execution, both directly and parametrically

Tag management system

Project calendar, a clear monthly summary of the project broken down by week

Separation of physical and information flows

Export of diagrams into PDF files

Work resources and their assignment to tasks

Material resources, counting the usage of resources by the diagram

Localization of work and resources in places

Cycles and threads of execution. Organizing cyclic processes

Failed tasks. Causes of failures and their accounting

Layers of diagrams. Structured organization of diagrams

Advanced features of project management in accordance with the Theory of Constraints technique:

  • finding the critical path;
  • positioning of time buffers of the project;
  • calculation of buffer sizes;
  • calculation of late starts for feeding paths of the project;
  • tracking of time indicators during project execution.

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So, inShort² is a powerful tool to work with projects and business processes, which can be applied not only in office but also for personal purposes. You can further explore the capabilities of the program with the detailed interactive User Guide.

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