What users are saying about
Top Rated
493 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
231 Ratings
Top Rated
493 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.2 out of 100

MindManager

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
231 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener noreferrer'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.5 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Project

If your organization uses office productivity tools from Microsoft, it is no brainer to use Microsoft Projects. The tool integrates well with other Microsoft tools. It is the most popular project management tool and most people with expertise on this tool are available in the market. For some projects we hire contractors and we find most contractors are well versed with this tool, so it makes easier for us to hit the ground running.
Shiva Krishna | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

MindManager is best for an integrated management environment or "IME." I develop code in an IDE, but use MindManager as my single source/pane for project management. My MindManager is architected to provide me with fast, easy access to all my important information. I can also keep track of my Outlook email and calendar and generate reports from my map.
Robert Gates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager
Task Management
Microsoft Project
8.6
MindManager
Resource Management
Microsoft Project
8.6
MindManager
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Project
9.0
MindManager
Scheduling
Microsoft Project
8.7
MindManager
Workflow Automation
Microsoft Project
7.6
MindManager
Team Collaboration
Microsoft Project
7.6
MindManager
Support for Agile Methodology
Microsoft Project
7.4
MindManager
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Microsoft Project
7.8
MindManager
Document Management
Microsoft Project
8.1
MindManager
Email integration
Microsoft Project
7.9
MindManager
Mobile Access
Microsoft Project
7.2
MindManager
Timesheet Tracking
Microsoft Project
7.9
MindManager
Change request and Case Management
Microsoft Project
7.9
MindManager
Budget and Expense Management
Microsoft Project
8.1
MindManager

Professional Services Automation

Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager
Quotes/estimates
Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager
Invoicing
Microsoft Project
7.6
MindManager
Project & financial reporting
Microsoft Project
8.3
MindManager
Integration with accounting software
Microsoft Project
8.2
MindManager

Pros

Microsoft Project

  • Being a Microsoft product, Project integrates extremely well into the Microsoft family of applications!
  • Furthermore, the user interface is similar to other Microsoft applications. Therefore, there is a valuable familiarity out of the box.
  • Project is incredibly detail-oriented and always receiving valuable updates. Project Online is now the cloud-based version of Project.
  • Scheduling works really well for the most part. One can be extremely detailed with Gannt charts and other project management metrics!
Joshua Melder | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

  • I am lazy (and ADD) - I don't like to re-enter tasks, concepts or plans. By using MM I am able to capture my ideas and plans on the fly - and then return at a later date to refine, focus and organize my thoughts into a more coherent logical "item"... all without being forced to retype any of my original thoughts unless I care to.
  • I use the sort and filter features extensively to 1) Set importance (Must do, important to do, should do, etc) and 2) When (Today, soon, this week, this month). I also use the color coding of items to draw my attention. I also set key project names/categories for each item (no more than 7).
  • The sort and filter then let me quickly identify the items that I must focus on "now" - a "shortlist".
  • In my consulting days, and now with the several non-profit boards that I work with, I use a modified "PowerPoint" version of MM to get my ideas across and to "brainstorm" with my audience (action items, strategies, priorities).
  • For my literary non-fiction writing, I use MM to cast "islands" (random brainstorming), and no less than 3 days later to coalesce these "islands" into "continents", and then to drag the continents into the "proper" order. For my freelance newspaper work, the process is similar - but the organization changes to identifying and featuring the lede.
John Griffith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Robert Paul | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

  • No support for team-based project files. Multiple people can only edit simultaneously during pre-scheduled meetings.
  • A project file can be opened by 2 users at the same time, but when they try to save, a conflict is generated and the project file is duplicated with unmergeable changes.
  • Published projects should have some kind of queue on save to ask the owner if they want to also update their changes on the published version.
Andrew Pike | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

MindManager 9.2
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!
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 8.1
Based on 6 answers
Microsoft Project was for many years the reference tool when you were talking about project management software, even if it has some gaps. However, in the last several years, other tools emerged and covered those gaps and are getting more and more users. Microsoft needs to keep up with the trends as they did with adding Project Server. However, that needs a significant rework.
Cristian Bodnarasec | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

MindManager 8.5
Based on 13 answers
MindManager is very intuitive. The user interface is not cluttered and the ribbon icons are easy to understand. Several excellent "how-to" videos are available on the MindManager site as well as on YouTube. MindManager starts quickly and the user interface is very responsive. Launching other programs from MindManager such as Excel is very fast and issue free. The browsing feature is lightning fast. The drag-and-drop capability is also very fast and reliable.
Robert Gates | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Old MM versions were an issue. No issues since 2018 anyway!
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Microsoft Project

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MindManager

MindManager 9.1
Based on 4 answers
No issues even with large maps and held in the cloud.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 8.2
Based on 38 answers
I’m giving MS Project an 8 because in general this is a solid scheduling program. It’s definitely designed with the professional in mind, and they have done well preparing the program to integrate with their other Microsoft products. The program is a workhorse so if you have serious scheduling needs then I would highly recommend MS Project.
Matthew Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

MindManager 8.0
Based on 17 answers
I have called technical support a few times. During the COVID Crisis, I called a few times repeatedly due to a rush request. The technical support guy called me back in minutes. He somehow knew that I had called repeatedly and wanted to make sure my issue was resolved immediately
Scott E. Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Project

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.
Fred Abraham, P.Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

I like that MindManager is local software instead of a cloud-based service like MindMeister. This lets me work on a map even when I don't have internet access. It's also faster and more fully-featured.Visio is a cumbersome tool for mind mapping, as it is optimized for design more than rapid entry and organizing.
David Lenef | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Thomas Kleinschmidt, CIM(R) | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Microsoft Project

  • 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.
Jason Leidig | TrustRadius Reviewer

MindManager

  • Without MindManager the BIM text would not have been what it is, the flexibility allowed a much higher quality final product.
  • Using MindManager is an enormous timesaver when I use it for anything. Especially projects that seem overcomplicated at first glance can be clarified quickly with the use of a map.
  • It is comforting to know the power of the tool before becoming intimidated by a complex set of circumstances that need to be addressed. MindManager allows a situation to be quickly analyzed and dealt with.
Willem Kymmell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Pricing Details

Microsoft Project

General

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

Microsoft Project Editions & Modules

Edition
Project Plan 1$101
Project Plan 3$301
Project Plan 5$551
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

MindManager

General

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

MindManager Editions & Modules

Edition
One-Time Cost$3491
Annual Subscription$1692
OrganizationsContact sales team
  1. per perpetual license
  2. per year
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Project
8.6
MindManager
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Microsoft Project
10.0
MindManager
9.2

Usability

Microsoft Project
8.1
MindManager
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Microsoft Project
MindManager
9.1

Performance

Microsoft Project
MindManager
9.1

Support Rating

Microsoft Project
8.2
MindManager
8.0

Online Training

Microsoft Project
MindManager
6.4

Implementation Rating

Microsoft Project
5.0
MindManager
9.1

Scalability

Microsoft Project
MindManager
9.1

Add comparison