MS Project 2016 Really Delivers a Easier User Experience
Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project
We use Microsoft Project to help do estimating, bidding, work planning and resource capacity forecasting for all internal and external projects.
This product has a rich Business Intelligence and an easy to use interface (with a little training) that provides us with unparalleled task and resource/workload management.
With the information we use for managing and planning projects, we are able to do not only project management, but program and portfolio selection and planning with this tool.
- Resource Management and Task/Demand Management planning, tracking and reporting.
- Pivot Table and Business Intelligence Reporting with the enterprise or local data in the Project Schedule
- Cost and Resource work forecasting for what if scenarios and active to planning workload tracking. This is done with a drag and drop Outlook/Calendar interface called the Team Planner View. The enterprise version allows us to quickly manage and track/forecast resource work across the entire company.
- There is a little training needed since this will act like a spreadsheet, but really has a full relational database behind the scenes.
- Many people think this has just a waterfall scheduling approach, but we found this to be very effective with Agile and SCRUM. Again a little knowledge on the tool's capabilities pay dividends for end user productivity
- Microsoft project has allowed us to better create estimates and proposals, while also helping track and manage the work in the same tool we developed our estimates with.
- We use Project Server for all of our document management and integrate it with our accounting software and CRM system via workflows to update and synchronize information.
- Our employees have found the integration with SharePoint, Visio and Office365 to be very straight forward and more of a powerful experience for a holistic solution to managing projects.
Work planning, cost forecasting and resource capacity planning are some of the immediate best areas. In the new Microsoft Project 2016, the Timeline Views, and the Business intelligence are extremely easy to use and create very powerful and simple reporting for senior stakeholders.
The scenarios that tend to slow people down are when you are tracking activities by the minute. I think there are some new Office365 tools (referenced by Microsoft as "Highlander", the code name for a resource management tool that doesn't track time just simple tasks).
We look for the tools ability for integration, export with SharePoint and other common office tools as the key selection point. Microsoft Project does this very well.