If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering Microsoft Project, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
I would advise others to learn about project planning. There is good enough information available online on Microsoft's website. I would rate Microsoft Project an eight out of ten. It is good at doing what it is supposed to do.
We are customers and end-users. I'm not sure which version of the solution I use. I don't use any advanced features. I basically put in tasks and assign resources, and assign predecessors, and successors. That's about the level I use it at. I don't do tons of work resource balancing, or Gantt charts out of it or anything like that. I would rate the solution at an eight out of ten. It more than meets my needs for what I'm using it for. What a real project manager may rate it might be different.
We're working with the solution's latest version. However, I'm unsure of which version number we're using. I'm not sure of the deployment model. It's more of an application than anything cloud-based. Overall, I would rate the solution at a six out of ten overall. It's a cool type of tool, however, there are some improvements that can be made to make it better. It could be simplified. The best thing before asking these questions is to go through the UI. It helps you to have a picture of what the tool does.
I'm an end-user and customer. My organization is a large company and we're a big customer of Microsoft. I don't know which version of the solution I'm currently using. My life has improved so much with Microsoft Project. It works extraordinarily well. Overall, I would rate it at a nine out of ten.
When choosing this solution understand that is it best for those who want to stay with the Waterfall framework. First-time businesses in some industries such as construction, Waterfall is a better choice. It depends on the industry, but the majority of industries and companies are moving to Agile methodology. I rate Microsoft Project a six out of ten.
Microsoft Project is the best. I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in implementing it. It's important to get the appropriate training. I would rate it a ten out of ten.
I would recommend this solution. I would rate Microsoft Project an eight out of ten.
I would suggest using an expert. Get an implementation vendor to set it up for you. This solution probably does everything that I need it to do, but I just don't know how to do it yet. I like Microsoft Project and it does everything that I need it to do, but it doesn't do everything. That's Microsoft; they always get you to about 80% there, and then you need some type of plugin or API. It never quite does everything. I would rate Microsoft Project an eight out of ten.
It is a mainstay product. A lot of people use that as their first introduction and it's not meant to be a project management ERP solution, like Life Clarity or the others but it is a capable product that establishes a framework and a basis that can be used across the industry. I would rate Microsoft Project a seven out of ten because you'd have to have in-depth knowledge of the tool for it to really be beneficial to you. It also allows the new developers and new project managers to come in and be proficient and be able to develop schedules fairly readily. From that standpoint, it's fairly strong. From the overall usability of the product, it can be cumbersome.
Make sure you understand what MS Project can do and what it cannot do. It cannot read your mind. Just like any other program, it only does what you tell it to do. If you give it the wrong information, it will provide you with incorrect output. It is very labor-intensive. There is minimal capability to help you write routines. So, you have to change dates and task names. If you don't understand project management, you're just going to delude yourself into thinking MS Project helps you. You have to understand the process of project management to use the application effectively. Otherwise, you are wasting your time. It will not teach you how to do project management. I would rate MS Project a five out of ten because it hasn't evolved that much. Microsoft added lots of bells and whistles, but they don't add much new value. They don't save me much time. I want MS Project to be a dynamic program, but it remains a passive program after more than 30 years. I have made comments about it at some seminars hosted by Microsoft. We have told them to make it a dynamic program or at least have an option to make it active. We would be willing to pay more for this capability. It is worth it, but they don't do it. I guess they don't see enough business potential in doing it that way, and I don't have the resources to create an internal application to make it that way. I am not in that business.
We're just customers. We don't have a business relationship with the company. I'm not sure which version of the solution we are using, or if it's the most up to date. We are using an on-prem desktop version. We are not using Ofiice 365. We use JIRA for project management, tasking and creating sprints. Most of the time, initially, we just create the Microsoft Project plan and then all those tasks and the PPS. We still try to deposit using Sprint. We plan it out and then run it as an agile sprint. It's a good tool. Microsoft is quite a stable company and offers good solutions. Microsoft Project is a good solution overall. However, they can keep pushing it and offering even more features and functions in the future. It will help them stay competitive. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. It's my understanding that in their roadmap they may have a plan to bring in more collaboration capabilities. If they do, it will make a great solution even better. However, they may just end up buying a project management suite and keep everything in-house under the Microsoft umbrella. It's hard to predict.
I would recommend the solution to other companies. It's worked fairly well for us overall and we've been satisfied with the experience we've had using it. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. There are still some items that could be better. It's not a perfect solution, although it's pretty good.
This is a good product and I can recommend it to others. I would rate this solution an eight out ten.
The only drawbacks are the customization. Generally what happens is everybody wants it to be an automation tool, and this is not the use case for this solution. It is a platform for project management. You don't want an automation to be in place. The system does not do it automatically because you as a project manager are expected to see that the input received, the status received from your team members is correct and accurate. Then that information is available for the rest of the team. You don't want that to be automated. So when the user comes back from this kind of mindset that everything should get automated, then no. I will not suggest that because this is management, this is project management. This is not an automation tool, although to a very large extent, a lot of things can be automated to workflows in other ways. If that is your requirement, might as well go and build a custom tool yourself if that's what you're looking for. Then even that won't help you because project management is so related to so many other things that you'll not be able to encompass that all within the environment. You won't be able to think of that. I have been working with Microsoft for 18 years now. Obviously, their experience and understanding of project management would any day be more than any other solution.
My suggestion is to do homework and compare what other products are out there and how well they will fit with your organisation. This one's okay. I've personally used a range of different products, all potentially good choices, it just depends on the operating context and culture of the organization whether it's going to fit, or not.
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