MS Project, still clunky - still works :)
June 14, 2018

MS Project, still clunky - still works :)

David Lisauskas | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project

Used for project managements slightly differently for each product. I used it to keep the input of my projects in order. Others in the company use it for managing the entire development project. Again, I mainly use it for managing my deliverables for all of the projects that I am involved in.

Pros

  • Gantt charts Gantt charts Gantt charts! It is the best tool for flexibility of creating and updating the scheduing charts
  • Flexibility and ease of updating relating certain tasks relating to or relying on other tasks.
  • The resource management tools are very useful
  • Integration with the other Microsoft tools that we also all use.

Cons

  • With not every team member using project, is difficult to share the full plan.
  • Not super intuitive as other MS products...but not that bad.
  • The best ROI for me with Project is time. Keeping everyone on task with clear understanding of their roles and timeframe is a big timesaver.
  • Project is also a great visualization tool for getting projects reviewed and approved by upper management. Again, saving time and money.
MS Project is better at organizing a project from a timing standpoint. I feel that JIRA's strengths are in real time collaboration, assignment of tasks, and bringing to resolution. We had utilized both products together since they kind of fill these needs that the other product does not do quite as well. MS Project is better for the overall long high-level view) of the project where JIRA is good for the day to day detail. tracking.
Suited very well for an overall visualization of the project for a medium or larger team. Regular updates are helpful to keep the group on track and again, great visualization of the entire project. It is well recognized so that moving from company to company could be familiar (like the other MS products). Not as good when real-time information changing frequently needs to be viewed by the entire team in real time. Reporting is not as intuitive as it could be.

Microsoft Project Feature Ratings

Task Management
9
Resource Management
8
Gantt Charts
10
Scheduling
9
Workflow Automation
6
Team Collaboration
6
Support for Agile Methodology
Not Rated
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Not Rated
Document Management
5
Email integration
Not Rated
Mobile Access
Not Rated
Timesheet Tracking
Not Rated
Change request and Case Management
5
Budget and Expense Management
7
Quotes/estimates
Not Rated
Invoicing
Not Rated
Project & financial reporting
Not Rated
Integration with accounting software
Not Rated

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