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Volume 45 | Copyright
Adv. Geosci., 45, 295-303, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-45-295-2018
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  18 Oct 2018

18 Oct 2018

Programming as a soft skill for project managers: How to have a computer take over some of your work

Nikolay V. Koldunov1,2 and Luisa Cristini2 Nikolay V. Koldunov and Luisa Cristini
  • 1MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen, Germany
  • 2AWI – Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany

Abstract. Large part of the project manager's work can be described in terms of retrieving, processing, analysing and synthesizing various types of data from different sources. The types of information become more and more diverse (including participants, task and financial details, and dates) and data volumes continue to increase, especially for large international collaborations. In this paper we explore the possibility of using the python programming language as a tool for retrieving and processing data for some project management tasks. python is a general-purpose programming language with a very rich set of libraries. In recent years python experienced explosive growth leading to development of several libraries that help to efficiently solve many data related tasks without very deep knowledge of programming in general and python in particular. In this paper we present some of the core python libraries that can be used to solve some typical project management tasks and demonstrate several real-world applications using a HORIZON 2020 type European project and as example.

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We believe that project managers can benefit from using programming languages in their work. In this paper we show several simple examples of how python programming language can be used for some of the basic text manipulation tasks, as well as describe more complicated test cases using a HORIZON 2020 type European project as an example.
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