MS Project, best overall project management tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 26, 2018

MS Project, best overall project management tool

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project was the primary tool used by all of the project managers when building and managing our project plans. The reason for this is because the tool is very easy to use, it simplifies the process of building out your WBS, adding resources, determining budget, and identifying timelines. Managing your schedule is made simple as the change you make automatically adjust the timelines and help identify any constraints. Also, the out of the box reporting really makes it easy to share the status of your project. Another advantage is most of your resources will probably be quite familiar with MS Project as its so widely adopted.
  • I found that MS Project is a great tool for developing your WBS with your team. The tool is great to use during a planning session as it easily allows you and you to enter tasks, determine the sequence, add level of effort, and determine resource requirements.
  • Tracking tracks is made simple. Based of your lead or lag, you can adjust your timelines and determine the best outcome or solutions.
  • Report wizard helps you easily report on the project status, forecasts, resource usage, costs, etc...
  • I feel there is still some room to improve on the reporting, to possible simplify the exporting of reports and how they can be imported into presentations.
  • The biggest ROI when investing in MS project is the adoption. The teams can quickly and efficiently build a working project plan that can ensure the success of the project. Its can be used to manage the resources, tasks, budget and overall schedule without much effort. There are other tools out there that i have used but none are as simple and effective, in my opinion.
All of these tools have their strengths but none, I found, was an all-in-one solution like MS Project. I did find that project resources enjoyed working with Smartsheet for its simplicity but as a project manager, I found that MS project an overall winner.
MS project is a very versatile project management tool that can be used for all project sizes. I have used MS Project to manage multimillion dollar projects and also for developing a simple test plan. Its biggest advantage is its ease of use as the interface is very intuitive and best of all if you need assistance there are tons of tutorials and courses one can take to get you up and running in no time.

Microsoft Project Feature Ratings

Task Management
10
Resource Management
10
Gantt Charts
8
Scheduling
10
Workflow Automation
8
Team Collaboration
9
Support for Agile Methodology
8
Support for Waterfall Methodology
8
Document Management
6
Email integration
6
Mobile Access
6
Timesheet Tracking
8
Change request and Case Management
7
Budget and Expense Management
9
Quotes/estimates
9
Invoicing
8
Project & financial reporting
8
Integration with accounting software
6