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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project is very well suited for a large company where various projects are running under different teams and managers above them. It helps best track the human resources that a company has and how they are being used by the company. It increases productivity and helps track their work as well. It follows Agile methodology which is a state of the art project development lifecycle. It is not recommended for small and microscale projects as more time would be spent on managing rather than the original development.
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MindManager

Any situation where ideas or concepts need to be developed, either individually or in a group, is ideally suited to the strengths of MindManager. There is really no problem using it live with a group either, it will help keep the discussion on track and productive. A map can always be refined later when the meeting is over and shared with all participants for review. The 'Notes' are great for keeping what was said about the specific issues that appear on the map. Floating tasks can also be very useful for those items not everyone will agree on putting in a specific place yet.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Microsoft Project
7.7
MindManager
Task Management
Microsoft Project
8.5
MindManager
Resource Management
Microsoft Project
8.3
MindManager
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Project
8.9
MindManager
Scheduling
Microsoft Project
8.7
MindManager
Workflow Automation
Microsoft Project
7.5
MindManager
Team Collaboration
Microsoft Project
6.9
MindManager
Support for Agile Methodology
Microsoft Project
6.5
MindManager
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager
Document Management
Microsoft Project
7.1
MindManager
Email integration
Microsoft Project
7.2
MindManager
Mobile Access
Microsoft Project
6.7
MindManager
Timesheet Tracking
Microsoft Project
7.6
MindManager
Change request and Case Management
Microsoft Project
7.1
MindManager
Budget and Expense Management
Microsoft Project
8.1
MindManager

Professional Services Automation

Microsoft Project
7.7
MindManager
Quotes/estimates
Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager
Invoicing
Microsoft Project
7.0
MindManager
Project & financial reporting
Microsoft Project
8.4
MindManager
Integration with accounting software
Microsoft Project
7.4
MindManager

Pros

Microsoft Project

  • Following Agile Methodology
  • Assgining Work
  • Tracking Resources
  • Documentation for Software Developed
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MindManager

  • Very easy way to setup a visual "Dashboard" for weekly activities. Much more flexible, interactive and interesting than a simple to-do list
  • Great way to organize collaborations with topics for each project goal and individual tasks.
  • Great way to generate outlines for papers and grants. Each topic can be a specific section and subtopics are piece of information that need to be put there. Then it's easy to rearrange until the structure and flow of the paper is set. From there the actual writing is much easier
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Cons

Microsoft Project

  • Expertise Needed: The software is not always easy to use or intuitive. I took several Project courses, on top of my project management certifications, to understand the software better. While all the elements are there for anyone familiar with standard project management processes, it takes experience and training to really get the best out of the software.
  • Collaboration: Project does not work well with multiple users simultaneously. There's no real-time updating, and if we had multiple project managers, there'd be no way to work together on the same projects.
  • Price: Project is expensive, largely due to it being an industry standard.
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MindManager

  • Dashboard Wizard - There is a bit of a skill set required and knowledge of conditional formatting. A wizard would help you set this up with examples and guided questions to get the content you want on the map.
  • New sheet from a topic - XMIND has the ability to have a topic open in another tab as a central topic. All the maps in XMIND are within the same file, no linking to external maps. MindManager allows you to import a map as a topic but with it you need to either import the content from the map which will be forced to take on the attributes of the parent map, or just link to the other map. Multi Tab maps in MM would be awesome. It is one of my most used features in XMIND and keeps everything in one place.
  • Re-Ordering of topics in a flowchart for presentation in HTML5/PowerPoint/Word export - One item, in particular, that would put this product over the top is being able to re-order the topics in a process flow so it can be used more effectively in a presentation. Process flows are constantly changing when you get new information. If you edit the map by adding or putting a topic in between two earlier topics the presentation mode will not focus on that topic until the end of the presentation. If you put a topic at the end of the flow the presentation will jump ahead and then go back. It would be nice to omit parts of the flowchart from the presentation as well. Additional export types for the output of a flowchart would also be handy. The export to HTML5 is excellent, and so long as you manually click from topic to topic it is functional and impressive. But it is lacking the fine-tuned polish and sub-features that would really put it over the top and make it useful for distribution to people other than those intimately familiar with the material.
  • More documentation on how to create Macros.
  • Outlook HTML formatting support without a plugin. The reformatting of email in MM can make things more confusing.
  • Record or attach audio to a topic. – Sometimes training or narration need to be a part of a map. Many tools implement this natively nowadays.
  • Play video from within a topic or in an integrated window. – Video is also commonly used now to eliminate the need for documentation. It would be nice to watch and add notes or just include in a map.
  • SnagIt Support – I thought I remembered this in earlier versions. I cannot seem to create a link between MM and SnagIt anymore.
  • Start with a truly blank map (a sandbox) and be able to place any type of topic on the screen and build anything. Xmind Zen is essentially doing this now.
  • Filter using images/icons.
  • Create image/tag/color legend on map. When legend item is clicked focus on the topics that have the Legend item properties. Would be great in HTML5 output.
  • Un-filter a filtered HTML5 export using a toggle on the HTML Map. When sending out a couple example maps to people unfamiliar with the usage they did not know that there was more content available and made assumptions based on only what they saw. An alert notifying the map is filtered would be nice on the output.
  • Flowchart to Visio Export
  • Exporting to Word/PowerPoint - If you could bring the same level of control to these exports that you did to your HTML5 exporter you would have all the bases covered. Unless I define my own word template the output from a map to work has a messy feel. I really like to do business analysis with maps. I bring in map parts when defining evidence types, scope statements, and requirements. I drag the map parts to the map and define all the info my branches ask for when I include evidence. I would love to be able to export my maps to Microsoft Word and have a great output for my Issue Analysis, Requirement Documents, Traceability Matrix, etc. While I have found ways to make this work and quicker for me I have talked to others that would like to see things perfectly laid out on export that do not have the time to do the tricks and tweaks I have become used to over the years with word templates. It would be nice to have strong export support for Word and PowerPoint documents. Something more visual perhaps that lets a user preview how their export will look before they execute it.
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Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I like using Microsoft Project. It simplifies building a schedule
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MindManager

MindManager 9.9
Based on 20 answers
I feel the main issues of the old Mindjet seem to be gone with the
Corel purchase. With the huge advance of sharing via browser HTML even 1
user can affect many. And, actually, using MM kind of forced my rigid
brain to rethink how I categorize and classify information/projects.
The
idea of paying $69USD for an annual cost is more than fair and a great
model for Corel/Mindjet to keep rolling out improvements!
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Usability

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 8.2
Based on 5 answers
9/10 because its not recommended for small or microscale projects otherwise it is the perfect fit.
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MindManager

MindManager 8.5
Based on 6 answers
It takes some time to learn the vast functionality beyond simple maps (eg large, complex maps)
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Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Old MM versions were an issue. No issues since 2018 anyway!
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Performance

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
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Support

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 6.3
Based on 6 answers
Documentation is hard to understand for new users.
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MindManager

MindManager 8.6
Based on 5 answers
Occasionally I do have a bit of a back and forth via email...WHEREAS a quick POTC (plain old telephone call) would probably be best all concerned.
Perhaps a telephone-based Super premium support service (might be there but I might not know about it).
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Online Training

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 6.4
Based on 1 answer
The videos are not well categorized...I had to do a bit of digging to get what I wanted and many videos on older versions. If Mindjet was to improve the titles used that would help.
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Implementation

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I wasn't part of it so I don't know
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MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Project

We find that while MicroSoft Project appears to have a higher learning curve, the short investment in training provides a much richer and much more long lasting solution vs. some of the other web only scheduling tools. These are easy to get started, but quickly lack the depth for business intelligence, reporting, tracking and the what-if scenarios and baselines that you use for medium to complex projects.
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MindManager

I have dabbled with some other mind mapping tools over the years, but since I started using MindManager in 2005, I have had no compelling reason to switch products.
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Scalability

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 2 answers
Unlimited...issue I had was nomenclature, but info/project classification/methodology address that.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft Project

  • Project Progress
  • Risk Management
  • Process Efficiency
  • Decision Making Process
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MindManager

  • Time Savings- MindManager has allowed us to save time by removing redundancy. We can now share notes in a single map. I estimate that we have saved 25% by sharing information in a single location.
  • Quality Improvement- Prior to MindManager, I would open PowerPoint or pull out sticky notes to start building a presentation. Now, I start with MindManager and start brainstorming on objective of the presentation, expectations of the audience, topics to cover, and visuals to add. I know the flow and effectiveness of my presentations has improved because I have seen the feedback.
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Pricing Details

Microsoft Project

General

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

MindManager

General

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

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