MS project in higher education environment
Timothy Sawah | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 27, 2018

MS project in higher education environment

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project

MS Project is a very powerful tool in project management. I use it both for work at the IT department and for educational purposes in advanced project management classes.
The software enables me to manage resource pools effectively, assign resources to tasks, manage tasks and complex schedules ranging between 100 and 2000 tasks.
  • Has advanced cost estimation capabilities, as it calculates varying hourly rates, overtime, off schedule work and provides advanced cost reports
  • Easy to use when preparing gantt charts and timelines. Dependencies can be set and auto scheduling can be enabled
  • Takes into account resource calendars, holidays and other unexpected off days
  • Has advanced project management features for crashing activities, leveling resources and handling over allocations
  • You can easily customize and export reports
  • Compatible with Excel
  • It is hard to understand advanced features without a training or advanced project management knowledge
  • Resource pools feature can be added
  • Team planner and web access would make it a full solution
  • It improved the schedule accuracy which in turn improved the overall efficiency in the IT department
  • Finish project with SPI and CPI close to 1
  • No more missed or unassigned tasks
Primavera is more complex to use and not compatible with the commonly used MS office applications such as Excel. The cost of a Primavera license exceeds that of MS project by multiple times. Primavera is preferred in construction projects, though.
I use MS project as a basis for building all my project schedules. After which i import to another team managed web application. It is very useful when you have complex dependencies and over 50 activities. On the other hand, It is not easy to understand by team members with no prior knowledge in project management. It is not always the best idea to share mpp files with management as it will be hard for them to understand what is going on.

Microsoft Project Feature Ratings

Task Management
10
Resource Management
9
Gantt Charts
10
Scheduling
10
Workflow Automation
9
Team Collaboration
4
Support for Agile Methodology
4
Support for Waterfall Methodology
10
Document Management
3
Email integration
6
Mobile Access
2
Timesheet Tracking
2
Change request and Case Management
2
Budget and Expense Management
9
Quotes/estimates
6
Project & financial reporting
10
Integration with accounting software
6