Microsoft Project Valuable Features

Payal Verna
Delivery Manager of EPM
Most importantly, there are three aspects that I have seen most beneficial: * Project tracking: This really helps the users as to where they are with each of the projects, and what are the satatus details within those projects. * Resource utilization: Most of the time you do not know how your resources are aligned. You cannot take up projects because you do not know whether this set of resources are available to you within that particular time frame. If you have all your resources within the enterprise environment, just one click and you are able to see that this resource is available during a specific time. So, I can pick up this project and assign this resource. * Cost: Most of the time, we're unable to note exactly how much cost has gone into the project, because some of the numbers go into the documents that we put in, but the real numbers are really not captured all the time. Here, you will be able to capture your manpower cost, your material costs, your travel costs, and any other costs that's associated with your project and see that as direct impact on your project progress. Half of the time you might have a certain budget for it, but because of mismanagement within the project, the increase of scope and other such reasons, you end up spending more than what the budget really was approved for you. You are able to capture and see: financial status, usual status and project status. View full review »
Jamie Priestly
Project Manager at a government with 10,001+ employees
The look and feel is familiar for users of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications. It is pretty straightforward to use. If you are not from a professional scheduling background, you could open it up and you would see how to do some pretty basic things without too much training. It's most useful feature is that it interfaces with Project Server which enables a whole portfolio or enterprise perspective across the organization. View full review »
Darwin Reynell Nava Fernández
Project Leader at Plataforma de Comunicaciones Platcomm - Cibersys
* Application of hierarchies on activities * Reassignment of resources in case the program detects an excessive workload on a particular resource * Comparison with the baselines * The possibility of automating repetitive activities utilizing "Visual Basic for applications" * Robustes in the calculation of costs * It's easy to use. * Combined with a project management methodology such as PMI for example, it is effective for monitoring and control. View full review »
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Professor, Info Technology at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The most valuable feature is the Auto resource leveling tool because it shows students that often, expert resources get over-scheduled, and that dealing with the issue by just using the auto-resource leveling tool would have a large impact on the delivery date. The critical path analysis reporting and tools are helpful because they show students the importance of understanding which tasks are on the critical path, and how a delay in any of those tasks would impact the overall schedule. It also shows where tasks that were not on the critical path had some buffer, and resources on those tasks could be re-allocated to other tasks. View full review »
Project Planning & Controls Specialist at a consultancy
I find the planning features the most valuable to me. View full review »
Jeffrey Bloom
Sr. Enterprise & Project Portfolio Manager/Consultant, Master Scheduler, Enterprise Architect at Jeffrey A. Bloom
Dependencies (not typically effectively used in "Agile" techniques) allow understanding of actual project status and challenges. View full review »
Martin Nwoga
Business Director at CWG Plc
The most valuable features of this solution are dependency management, milestone progress, multiple resource rates, and RAG views. View full review »
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