Microsoft project has really made my life easier
Josh Rice, MBA, ACSP | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 18, 2018

Microsoft project has really made my life easier

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project

I am the IT project manager for the company I work for and I live and breathe Microsoft Project. Before using this software, I was stuck with using Excel spreadsheets to track project statuses and milestones. As the projects got more complex, Excel just wasn't doing the job anymore. I presented Project to Exec. management and we made the purchase and tracking my projects have gotten so much easier once you get past the steep learning curve.
  • Ability to track Milestones
  • Ability to track Resources
  • Has a really good Gantt chart
  • Steep learning curve
  • To get the full suite with the Project server, it is very expensive
  • Printing the project plan is a bit challenging
  • Project has helped keep my project from being derailed by scope creep.
  • While Project isn't a money making tool, it does help keep your projects on-budget
  • MS Project is a pretty hefty expense. Integration is supported, if you have MS project Server.
Project is much more robust compared to other products on the market. I haven't evaluated them all, but I'm pretty happy with what project has been able to do for me and a Project manager. There is a lot of functionality if you don't many paying for it. Overall, I think Project would go toe to toe with any other PM software out there.
Microsoft Project is a very good tool for tracking project progress. If the project is a quick 2 - 3-day project, using MS Project probably wouldn't be viable, but if you are working on a long-term, complex project that will span numerous months and/or departments, MS Project is the way to go.

Microsoft Project Feature Ratings

Task Management
Resource Management
Gantt Charts
Workflow Automation
Team Collaboration
Support for Agile Methodology
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Document Management
Email integration
Mobile Access
Not Rated
Timesheet Tracking
Change request and Case Management
Budget and Expense Management
Project & financial reporting
Integration with accounting software

Using Microsoft Project

1 - Project Managment
1 - If they have never used MS Project, you will want someone who isn't afraid of a challenge
  • Project schedule tracking
  • Project budget tracking
  • Project resource tracking
  • Invoicing was an interesting feature that I've started looking at.
  • As we grow, we may looking into buying project server.
I am very happy with the software and am definitely get use out of it.

Evaluating Microsoft Project and Competitors

  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
  • Product Reputation
  • Prior Experience with the Product
The most important factor what that it could do everything I needed a project software to do.
Maybe looking at more options, but there are a lot of PM software out there and I only evaluated 2 other aside MS Project