Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Project
I work on a process optimization team within my workspace. It is an administrative job where we perform process audits (for customers), recommend people, process, and technology changes for those customers, and then implement accepted solutions based on our recommendations. It is a relatively small team that has three major components: strategy, implementation, and continuous improvement. We utilize a variety of project management tools in order to successfully carry out our recommendations for completion. Microsoft Project is one tool that has been widely adapted, not only across our team but across most administrative areas in our company. Our business is heavily integrated within the Microsoft ecosystem and Project is one tool that used to achieve our business objectives.
- Being a Microsoft product, Project integrates extremely well into the Microsoft family of applications!
- Furthermore, the user interface is similar to other Microsoft applications. Therefore, there is a valuable familiarity out of the box.
- Project is incredibly detail-oriented and always receiving valuable updates. Project Online is now the cloud-based version of Project.
- Scheduling works really well for the most part. One can be extremely detailed with Gannt charts and other project management metrics!
- Remote work can be challenging - as Project must be downloaded to a specific computer.
- Upgrading to the top of the line version can feel like a requirement. There is a lot of functionality that is not available unless in the most expensive pay-tiers.
- Microsoft Project can be extremely expensive on a per user basis. Other tools can be much more cost-effective - especially for more basic project management needs.
- Integration and user-interface familiarity allow for more time doing work and less time searching for tutorials.
- Extremely detailed scheduling tool that enables project managers to perform extremely well.
- Works extremely well when cross-collaborating between companies as this is the industry standard.
- Smartsheet, Basecamp, Trello, ProofHub, Workzone, Asana, Workfront, Wrike and JIRA Software
While many of the above tools are extremely well-versed, Microsoft Project's largest advantage comes from it being related to the largest business productivity company in the world. Project does have its sharing limitations - but regardless, offers one of the most robust tools in the market today. Microsoft Project is built with large-scale projects in mind but is more than up to the task for smaller projects as well. However, there are options available (especially cloud-based options) that may be more fitting for higher-level projects that do not require going into the weeds.
Microsoft Project is extremely well-suited for larger businesses to tackle long-term project management tasks. Furthermore, it works exceptionally well when the software is accompanied by the entire Microsoft suite. The ability to integrate all aspects of the Microsoft business experience are invaluable and offer unique synergies when navigating Project. I have very much enjoyed Project on the user-interface front and have found the entire process of setting up large scale projects to be one of the most intuitive out of the software that I have used. As stated before, I believe Project is ideal for medium to large-scale enterprises that already subscribe to the entire Microsoft suite of apps. I would be more hesitant if I were working within a smaller business as there are many more cost-effective options out there.