If you really don't want to use real scheduling software, there are plenty of excellent spreadsheet based scheduling solutions on the market OR you can build your own. For instance, you can get the following (https://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/excel-gantt-chart.html) for free. It's a great tool to get started producing quality Gannt charts - it doesn't do PERT yet, but I'm certain some smarty out there can make that happen.
Top Project Management Software Used
What do integrators use to manage their projects? Nothing? Spreadsheet? MS Project? Online software?
This continues IPVM's series on project management, adding to Integrator Managing Projects Statistics, Security Integrator Project Management Certifications, and Project Plans for Security Integrators.
100+ integrators told IPVM what they software they use.
Project Work Planning Statistics
The largest group of respondents cited using Microsoft products (most typically Project or Excel):
(I know, old thread.) With all due respects, I wouldn't call a Gantt chart a scheduling tool. I'd call it a project management tool, which is what it was designed for. I'd call a scheduling tool one for scheduling jobs like service and installs.
Avoid Connectwise like the plague. Slow, clunky and their support is poor. ....from experience...
I prefer using MS Project Professional for complex projects with a lot of deliverables from a lot of different people or groups. I like to use System Surveyor to plot devices, it's very useful when used on an iPad.
As a company we use a couple of softwares...D-tools is a good software for the quoting process. It is clean and very easy to use. Our A/V dept started with it and it is slowly trickling to Security. We also use Tigerpaw. It is a CRM software that completes the project from quoting, to service ordering, to purchasing. Time tracking and scheduling is including in their software suite. it is really geared towards the construction (Security Included) industry.
I use Asana for my team's project management. It has a lot of integrations with other software and tools and is really user friendly. I recommend it based on my experience.