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Microsoft Project

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Likelihood to Recommend

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project is extremely well-suited for larger businesses to tackle long-term project management tasks. Furthermore, it works exceptionally well when the software is accompanied by the entire Microsoft suite. The ability to integrate all aspects of the Microsoft business experience are invaluable and offer unique synergies when navigating Project. I have very much enjoyed Project on the user-interface front and have found the entire process of setting up large scale projects to be one of the most intuitive out of the software that I have used. As stated before, I believe Project is ideal for medium to large-scale enterprises that already subscribe to the entire Microsoft suite of apps. I would be more hesitant if I were working within a smaller business as there are many more cost-effective options out there.
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MindManager

MindManager is well suited for collaboration, visualization, and ideation. A key component is the ability to see everything on a single screen. I have not found it to be best suited for project management activities. In our case, part of it is the number of employees that do not have access to the tool
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Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Microsoft Project
7.5
MindManager
Task Management
Microsoft Project
8.5
MindManager
Resource Management
Microsoft Project
8.2
MindManager
Gantt Charts
Microsoft Project
8.8
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
6.3
MindManager
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Microsoft Project
7.9
MindManager
Document Management
Microsoft Project
6.9
MindManager
Email integration
Microsoft Project
7.0
MindManager
Mobile Access
Microsoft Project
6.7
MindManager
Timesheet Tracking
Microsoft Project
7.3
MindManager
Change request and Case Management
Microsoft Project
6.8
MindManager
Budget and Expense Management
Microsoft Project
8.0
MindManager

Professional Services Automation

Microsoft Project
7.4
MindManager
Quotes/estimates
Microsoft Project
7.8
MindManager
Invoicing
Microsoft Project
6.6
MindManager
Project & financial reporting
Microsoft Project
8.2
MindManager
Integration with accounting software
Microsoft Project
7.1
MindManager

Pros

Microsoft Project

  • Gantt Charts: Every project manager's favorite thing, MS Project does this very well. A Gantt chart keeps everything in a project timeline visible, and in Project, you can drill down to look at resources, costs, and a myriad of other things. It's also very easy to rearrange items as necessary, either by dragging them around or opening them and manually entering data.
  • Resource Management: Project allows you to set up resources, either as individuals or with type of work (e.g., Bob Smith or Network Engineer I). Within those resources, you can set up hours of availability, when overtime kicks in, costs, and a myriad of other useful items. Then, when you assign them tasks, the software calculates the time needed or how much extra it will cost if you need a resource to work longer on a particular piece.
  • Multiple Projects: With the resource pool and other elements shared between projects, managing multiple projects becomes easier. Project will warn you if resource is over-scheduled, and show which projects that resource is being used on. It'll also show conflicts.
  • Integration: Since this is a Microsoft product, it integrates very well with other Microsoft products, especially those in the Office suite like Excel. That allows you to, for example, export the Gantt chart to a spreadsheet to send to stakeholders, or link it into a Word document.
  • Time Management: Tied into the Gantt and Resource pieces, Project lets you set prerequisites and linked work, so even if you have to adjust steps to deal with scheduling or change management, Project will keep everything organized. It will automatically re-adjust dates and milestones as things are shifted.
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MindManager

  • Collaboration- MindManager allows our North American team to collaborate on process flows and To Dos across multiple time zones and any hour someone wants to access files.
  • Visualization- It is easy to see all relevant information on a single pane of glass. Before MindManager, I was always toggling between applications or flipping through multiple pages of a virtual document to find the information I was looking for. Now, I can see it in one place.
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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

  • Gantt Charts could be more customisable and easier to use. It doesn't always display as intended and some manipulation can be required.
  • More advanced features can be a little fiddly (but this may be more related to the user).
  • Cannot Save as PDF currently so printing to PDF is required. Not a major issue but a deficiency.
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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 10.0
Based on 18 answers
MindJet has been vigorous about product improvement, and every version has brought new capability and excitement to the product
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Usability

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 9.0
Based on 2 answers
For basic schedule building, which is what I primarily use it for, is great and very easy. I don't really understand much else although I would like to learn because everything I do use it for is very easy to do and learn
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MindManager

MindManager 8.2
Based on 4 answers
One of the best software programs ever. Always my go-to program for most things.
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Support

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project 5.0
Based on 3 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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MindManager

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

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 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project is amongst the more versatile and flexible of pm tools. There are other tools with greater capabilities and functionalities but they often require specific training of users and someone more specialized to gain the added benefits. MS Project is accessible to even the novice user as an easy to setup and use tool to track project activities.
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MindManager

I used to use Visio because MindManager didn't have an adequate process flow tool (which I always thought was strange). Now that it does, I am more than happy to stay within the same tool to take advantage of the other capabilities of MindManager like filtering and being able to display the information in other formats without recreating.
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Return on Investment

Microsoft Project

  • We do not assess ROI on our projects via the software tools.
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MindManager

  • I have saved lots of time that would have been spent spinning my wheels at the beginning of a project trying to get clarity on what I was trying to do.
  • I used MindManager to map out a website migration and it really helped me improve the quality of the migration by allowing me to track the status of pages (ie. what had been migrated, what still needed to be migrated, what shouldn't be migrated at all).
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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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