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Aha!

If yours is a Product based company and has clear strategy defined for at least a year, Aha! can solve lot of your problems. Aha! gives your Product team a clear idea of how to proceed and where their products are going. The progress, the delays and strategy all are under one umbrella. Best thing is: from top-to-bottom, every product member can work on Aha!.
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Microsoft Project

Project is very well suited for large projects involving numerous personnel, equipment and materials,and expected to take many months or even years to completion. Also, it is useful when the stakeholders of the project are rather different in their capacity and require rather different types of reports (strictly financial reports, slippage in schedule and how the schedule can be brought back, etc.)On the other hand, a company specializing in projects that are relatively simple and only have a span of a few weeks or a couple of months would be better off adopting a simpler Project Management tool, one that costs less and has a much shorter learning curve.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.2
Task Management
Aha!
Microsoft Project
8.4
Resource Management
Aha!
Microsoft Project
8.0
Gantt Charts
Aha!
Microsoft Project
8.5
Scheduling
Aha!
Microsoft Project
8.3
Workflow Automation
Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.3
Team Collaboration
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.7
Support for Agile Methodology
Aha!
Microsoft Project
5.8
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.6
Document Management
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.3
Email integration
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.6
Mobile Access
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.2
Timesheet Tracking
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.8
Change request and Case Management
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.5
Budget and Expense Management
Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.7

Professional Services Automation

Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.8
Quotes/estimates
Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.1
Invoicing
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.2
Project & financial reporting
Aha!
Microsoft Project
7.7
Integration with accounting software
Aha!
Microsoft Project
6.4

Pros

  • Product road-mapping is best in Aha!
  • The types of boards it has gives flexibility to every kind of product managers.
  • It has various matrices to make the foundation for a good PRD.
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  • Microsoft Project allows users to input a large and varied amount of detail pertinent to a specific project and then creates numerous varied out reports, as per the specific needs of a certain user working on that project.
  • Microsoft Project is very flexible in relation to the familiarity of a specific user with the Project. Someone with very little knowledge of Project can still input some data and receive some useful reports, without using the whole capability of the package.
  • Project allows a varied types of data to be inputted, such as definition of various subtasks related to the project, time information about the original estimates for tasks and the actual figures, monetary information about the cost of all items required to complete a project (such as rate per hour of specific participants working of a project, cost of equipment to be bought or rented, cost of materials required for project execution, etc).
  • A Project Manager very conversant with Project can get a very large number of reports, each one for a specific need.
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Cons

  • Cannot sync time estimation data between aha and jira. Cannot sync feature dependencies between aha and jira. Both of these limitations exist despite both systems supporting this data and their implementations being nearly identical.
  • Keeps adding new features (with sketch, invision, etc, etc out there who the hell wanted to create mockups using aha?!?) without finishing baking those they have. Take alook at the great input on their idea portal and you'll see ideas from years ago that (a) are quite popular and (b) unfinished
  • Expensive
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  • The Project software package, while being very powerful, it also has a rather lengthy learning curve. A fresh Project Manager which didn't use Project before (due to being in a different role, or using until now a different project management tool) and put in charge of a project having as a requirement the utilization of Microsoft Project for a new project starting very soon, will have a hard time to assimilate all aspects of the package, if he wants to take advantage of Project's full capabilities.
  • While not being exaggerated, the cost of the software package is relatively high (around $650.00) This is maybe not a lot for a company needing one or two packages, but is relevant to a company needing to procure 20 packages.
  • I would like to see more specialty books pertinent to Project. 'Leaning Microsoft Project Step-by-Step' issued by Microsoft themselves and used by me when I started learning Project is a bit cumbersome, unlike other books in their series for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Microsoft Project10.0
Based on 1 answer
I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.
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Usability

Aha!6.0
Based on 1 answer
The functionality is there, but it's intimidating to learn.
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Microsoft Project10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's so easy to use and I'm able to make it look however I want it to. It allows me to communicate to my team on exactly what needs to be done and when.
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Support

Aha!10.0
Based on 1 answer
Support always answered in 24 hours for any inquiry-- a reasonable timeframe for most of our requests. The PM team participated actively in supporting their features, keeping them close to the product.
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Microsoft Project5.9
Based on 2 answers
Self-directed help is usually just frustrating. Help Desks don't seem to be knowledgeable enough to provide good answers. There doesn't appear to be a way to get immediate help without great expense.
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Alternatives Considered

I was not a decisionmaker for this product.
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In all cases where I didn't use Project, i used an application given by Excel freely as a template, when you open Excel 2013 or higher. It is basically a Gantt chart, with several capabilities built in. All what is necessary for you to do in order to quickly get a basic Gantt chart, is to create a basic Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), including names assigned to each task and the estimated number of hours that will be expanded on each task. This information is filled in the lower side of an Excel sheet displayed in landscape view. On the upper portion of the sheet, a Gantt chart is immediately created. It is a very simple tool, no learning curve required and is free. I do like it a lot and use it a lot, since lately I'm involved in many simultaneous projects, however, each one of them has a short span, not exceeding two weeks.
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Return on Investment

  • Provides a birds-eye view for the leadership team into what is being worked on.
  • Seats are costly and hard to justify for additional team members
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  • We are currently only now opening the door to these opportunities but do see ways to implement and save in areas that include a reduction of man power and gaining efficiencies and reducing cost and schedule by providing more real time relevant data to our project team which will allow them to make better informed and timely decisions.
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Pricing Details

Aha!

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Microsoft Project

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details