Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management4.1
- Fernanda M.Specialist
It has great integration with other Microsoft products, such as Office365 and APIs for integration with databases and other systems. Manageable Factors in MS Project Project Scope Resources Time. These factors are interdependent and subject to changes during the process, without this implying a rupture between planning and execution. It is not the best software for agile project management Always compare other products before purchasing your project management tool. Our company had other tools before that were not as effective - and that costs time, money, and staff dedication. The use of tools, reading the opinion of other professionals in the same area of expertise of your company is also very important and I recommend it. Some features of MS Project are very important to us - such as Frame View where you can visually track project tasks for better workflow and status using built-in or custom task panes. We also use the Timeline View (Gantt) a lot to track and understand dates, tasks, and project task relationships in a visual timeline view. MS Project is a project management tool capable of optimizing processes and projects. The software provides project leaders with facilities for follow-up and monitoring, such as detailed calendars, automatic task distributors and multiple-angle data visualization, among others. It is very popular for its ease of use and application versatility. It has a lot of training material for users. Excellent technical support.
- Brooks S.Senior Cyber Security Engineer
This software coincides with all of the features we need to enhance our programs, allowing me to plan activities, delegate tasks, and analyze data and generate reports easily and entirely online. I appreciate the ability to assign tasks to several members and to get email notifications of upcoming work in real time. It does not allow me to download large files, although there are much fewer opportunities for making statistics and graphics. If it is not used properly, resources and programs can be wasted. This program might also be a bit slow to start. We couldn't even afford to purchase an interim alternative for plan's kit propagation. A fantastic software development channel centered on cloud computing tools that is best suited for any size company This is tech that will be very useful to you in your profession. I enjoy how easily we can bind many files and complete our business duties. Even then, watch a clip to understand how to use it, as it may take a bit longer to validate these functions.
- Verified User in PharmaceuticalsEnterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Microsoft has evolved this product over a number of years, and it has nicely matured over time. There are several great features within the product, and the interoperability and sharing between projects is very helpful in day-to-day work for our project managers. Budget tracking is nicely done. While the project capabilities in the product have evolved to a mature state, the portfolio capabilities are still evolving. Microsoft needs to emphasize allowing customers to manage project portfolios in a data-driven, analytical manner: project cost, complexity, and risk for a few examples. Most of the portfolio products out there are comparable so it is not like Microsoft is behind, but that is the most difficult aspect of our deployment. We are solving mulitple problems: managing a large portfolio of programs and projects at the enterprise level, assessing resource collisions and constraints and ensuring projects remain on budget and on time..
- Nada Chan, C.Project Manager
When there are dependencies between tasks, the dates automatically shift when an adjustment is made to the timeline. I like that you can can assign someone to be accountable for each task and you can indicate the status of the task in terms of completion. It takes a really long time to get set up and you need to know everything about the project timeline before you start inputting. It's not a tool to use when there are lots of adjustments and you use it to set up an initial plan where no concrete dates, durations, etc. are known. It's really hard to share with others who don't have Project - exporting to Excel is more administrating. Keeping Project up to date is very manual and time intensive. I usually abandon my Project files mid way into the planning phase. Look to other tools to manage projects. MS Projects is straightforward to input tasks, etc, but I have never used it through to the end of the project because the administrative work to keep it updated was another full time job. Creating a project plan that can be shared - it would be better if it didn't need to be extracted to excel in order for non project users to be able to review the plan.
- Verified User in Human ResourcesMid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Project is simple and highly accessible, even for people who haven't used much productivity software before. It's user-friendly, visually streamlined, and collaboration-happy. Project isn't the worst collaboration tool in the world, but it has one huge drawback: there's collaborative productivity software that is basically just as good available for free. It's called Google Drive. There's almost no functionality in Project that I absolutely need that isn't available for free on Google. And Google doesn't require everyone to have access to the software; just an internet connection. Project isn't bad; it just isn't substantially better enough to justify spending money on it. If you're going to charge money for software, it needs to be substantially better and different than that which is available for free. We've been solving largely logistical problems using Project. We initially spent money on it simply because somebody thought it was worth it, but there's really nothing we're doing now that we couldn't do before.
- Gary P.Senior Policy Analyst
Ability to visualize the entire landscape of tasks for the lifetime of a project. Just about everything. The navigation, the management, the complexity of the software; basically it's not a program to be used by a group of people with varying skills and interests. It became a bit more of a topic for performance criticism than a tool for tracking projects. You will need staff devoted just to the management of the software, the software will also need to be integrated into meetings, discussions, and business operations. It is a little bit too onerous, honestly, for a large organization with several ongoing projects. The problem we solved was that we didn't want Microsoft Project.
- Jason LeidigProduction Coordinator
Primavera P6 is the only comparative tool I have worked with, and when you stack Primavera P6 against Project Online/Server I would hands down every time go with Project. The only exception to this would be those projects were there is an enormous amount of data, and a multitude of stakeholders, and a very large team of schedulers working a single project. For example, building an aircraft carrier where there is a multitude of activities going on at the same time and an immense amount of information being worked with over 5 years or greater. This is where Primavera's database just may provide you a little more stability, but then you are losing all the collaborative and reporting functionality that comes with Project Online/Server...just for that reason I still may push ahead with Project Online/Server.
Microsoft Project--the standalone version--is great for those smaller to medium size projects. But when engaging larger projects where you are engaging with multiple stakeholders who are providing inputs, then Project Online/Server is the way to go; It does an amazing job by driving collaboration in a multitude of ways.
The custom columns and the ability to use formulas within Project allows the user flexibility with respect to the data that they want to display, and how they want it displayed. For example, I was able to enter a formula into a custom column that calculated the week of the project a particular task was scheduled to finish. We have also used custom columns to upload data from other systems into our schedules, for example the work package status out of SAP, and material information as well. Using VBA to automate certain task is very useful and can be a great time saver. For example, I recently worked a program where I was managing 10k+ tasks in a single schedule that were comprised of material, engineering, and production activity, which required inputs from multiple stakeholders. Using data downloaded out of our enterprise systems, I was able to create a single set of data in Excel's Power Query, and I uploaded this data into Project using code developed in the VBA editor. Typically it would take a week or more to manual status a schedule of this size. But because I was able to automate this step, I could update my schedule in 20 minutes. This allowed me to status my schedule on a daily basis, making my schedule more relevant. We were also able to make the schedule more informative: we loaded any kind of material and/or engineering issues in to the schedule, along with comments from other systems that provided benefit to correcting an issue, or to help with taking advantage of an opportunity. Where I worked prior, we received various audits from different entities, and we always received positive input for the kind of data we were able to present. Timelines! Timelines offer the user a way to quickly convey a high level narrative of the schedule. This gives the audience a more efficient way to dive into the schedule. The timeline view can allow for a super clean view of the project, and is great to use in presentation. Project Online/Server - when this version of Project is used it really does turbo charge the functionality that is available to the user and tremendously grows the collaborated engagement with stakeholders. Project Online/Server is able to take advantage of all the resources that lay within Office 365 and SharePoint. Those resources would be SharePoint lists, Power Apps, Flows, Team, & Planner. And Project Online/Server makes it available for stakeholders to make updates directly into the schedule through several different mediums with all of these inputs having to go through an approval process prior to updating the schedule. The reporting functionality is really impressive. The reporting features within the standalone Project allow the user to quickly cobble together some really impressive metrics that their IPT will find very helpful to managing a project. The reporting layout is really intuitive, and looks something similar to what you would find working with PivotTables in Excel. And the format that is provided for displaying data is really flexible and gives you several options on how to display the data. In a very short time, the user can put together a fairly impressive looking dashboard. But as impressive as the new reporting functionality is, the standalone version is nothing compared to what is available in Project Online/Server. With this version you are able to use Power BI to drive your reporting, which will put you into Superman status with your co-workers.
As impressive as the reporting piece is in the standalone version, currently it does not allow you to report on the data that resides in the custom fields. It's only the standard columns that you can report against. If Microsoft would work to include the data out of the custom columns into the reporting it would make for some really cool reports and would negate the need for exporting the data into Excel for the most part. Even though custom columns allow for formulas to be entered in, there is a max of 256 characters that can be entered. There have been a couple of times that this has created an issue, not only with entering formulas but also with the entry of data from other systems. Doubling the amount of characters for certain custom column types would go a long ways to alleviating this issue.
- Robert PaulProject Manager
Trello and Wrike are cheaper alternatives, but I do not consider them true project management software. They can certainly work to organize tasks, and they are collaborative, which is something MS Project lacks, but they lack the depth and, in my opinion, the actually necessary features of a project management tool. Trello doesn't even have a Gantt Chart natively, it requires an add-on.
Microsoft Project is well suited for anyone running a standard, PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) project. It is especially good for managed service providers who need to run projects for clients, not just for support. If you plan to run many projects, either simultaneously or consecutively, this is a good resource. If you're in a small business and you don't have multiple resources or multiple projects, this is probably not a good solution.
Gantt Charts: Every project manager's favorite thing, MS Project does this very well. A Gantt chart keeps everything in a project timeline visible, and in Project, you can drill down to look at resources, costs, and a myriad of other things. It's also very easy to rearrange items as necessary, either by dragging them around or opening them and manually entering data. Resource Management: Project allows you to set up resources, either as individuals or with type of work (e.g., Bob Smith or Network Engineer I). Within those resources, you can set up hours of availability, when overtime kicks in, costs, and a myriad of other useful items. Then, when you assign them tasks, the software calculates the time needed or how much extra it will cost if you need a resource to work longer on a particular piece. Multiple Projects: With the resource pool and other elements shared between projects, managing multiple projects becomes easier. Project will warn you if resource is over-scheduled, and show which projects that resource is being used on. It'll also show conflicts. Integration: Since this is a Microsoft product, it integrates very well with other Microsoft products, especially those in the Office suite like Excel. That allows you to, for example, export the Gantt chart to a spreadsheet to send to stakeholders, or link it into a Word document. Time Management: Tied into the Gantt and Resource pieces, Project lets you set prerequisites and linked work, so even if you have to adjust steps to deal with scheduling or change management, Project will keep everything organized. It will automatically re-adjust dates and milestones as things are shifted.
Expertise Needed: The software is not always easy to use or intuitive. I took several Project courses, on top of my project management certifications, to understand the software better. While all the elements are there for anyone familiar with standard project management processes, it takes experience and training to really get the best out of the software. Collaboration: Project does not work well with multiple users simultaneously. There's no real-time updating, and if we had multiple project managers, there'd be no way to work together on the same projects. Price: Project is expensive, largely due to it being an industry standard.
- Verified User
There are some good MS Project alternatives that I have tested/used in the past. These would be GanttProject and OpenWorkbench. These are open source programs that offer a lot of basic features in a Project software solution. I have also tested/used Microsoft Planner, which is an app within Office 365. With all of these solutions though, they are very scaled-down versions of Project software, meaning they will not be feature-rich as MS Project, nor be a really robust Project Management solution for many environments that are doing serious Project Management.
It is well suited for environments that are already using other Microsoft based programs, as it integrates well with these different programs. Most environments are going to be using main document editing and spreadsheet software such as Word and Excel, so it would help to integrate files, etc. from those programs into MS Project. It is less suited for environments that want Project Management software that is really easy to use and doesn't really require a lot of formal training
One thing it has is good integration with other Microsoft Office products and tools. More than likely most environments will already be using MS products such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, so it makes it easier to integrate documents, files, etc. with Project. It also offers many good tools for communications, which makes it beneficial for those that are using communication tools such as Outlook and Skype.
Could be too advanced for those that are new to Project Management software, or those that are just starting out in Project Management. Since MS Project has many tools/features built into the program this can be overwhelming to new users in how to do certain things, or where to find the tool for doing something There is a cost to this software, and if buying standalone licenses it can be expensive. It usually doesn't come bundled with the standard Office 365 suite. This is technically considered an add-on, and if you are on a subscription for the software, it can be cheaper.
- Javier SilvaSR MGR MFG & SC IT
Microsoft Project will continue to be my tool of choice for high stakes high complexity projects with over 100 tasks and many requirements to control costs and delivery but the assumption is that a dedicated PM is needed to keep the file updated and manage communication with the Team. Trello and monday.com are useful for general project tracking across the enterprise since it is super easy to communicate and share status with stakeholders and members automatically, great automation and integration with other SAAS solutions but breaks down on very large projects. JIRA has the capacity to manage very large projects and is especially useful for SCRUM and other software development methodologies. But for large scale projects again MS Project is the tool.
If you have a large project with a large number of stakeholders, many resources, and the need to keep detailed costs controls for the enterprise then this is the tool for you, not only you're able to define a very large number of fields to help you manage your project but the default fields on the application are certainly going to help you move forward with tracking control of resources, costs and burn rates on your projects. If on the other hand, you have less than 50 tasks and two or three stakeholder or members on your team then the MS Project is definitely overkill because it demands the full attention of the PM for extended periods of time to make sure that the information is relevant.
DETAILED PLANNING ON LARGE SCALE/COMPLEX PROJECTS. Task interactions dependencies. Very detailed resource management. You're able to track across the projects the utilization of all of your resources. Powerful cost management. You can track costs for your resources, for your individual tasks, and quickly update any additional cost requirements for the projects, map those costs against your budget and get a detailed report of your burn rate to mitigate possible budget risks.
Complexity. With great power and flexibility comes a high level of complexity that makes some of the more advanced features very difficult to use on a day-to-day basis. i.e. being able to get several calendars integrated into a project for different kinds of resources is great but it takes a long time to get a handle on that and make it work for you. Unless you have an MS Project Server setup and all of the team members licensed with an MS Project Account working on a project are limited to those PMs and collaborators with a full license even for minor updates. The tools to present projects to other team members and present updates have not been updated to reflect the needs of the current PM, every view and presentation has to be manually cured to be presentable to the board and that is a very time consuming process. Changing status, colors or updating items automatically based on dates or other tasks is out of the question unless you really have a full set of VBA knowledge and the time to make it happen.
- Verified User
MS Project was superior to Proventia. Much more intuitive tool. MS Project was more robust, offered more functionality, and offered better reporting options. As noted earlier, MS Project was more flexible as it can manage the full portfolio of projects from small to large with all the bells and whistles one would need.
In my experience, MS Project can actually work for both small and large projects. As noted earlier, there are a lot of bells and whistles that can be used for more complex projects. It is really a flexible piece of software that is driven by the needs and wants of the PM and more importantly, the company.
MS Project is fairly easy to use. Adding Projects, Activities, Tasks, etc. are easy to add, and adjust when necessary. It offers many different views, so based on your own needs, it is very flexible. The reporting functionality is terrific. You can customize what you need to look at, from a full-blown project, or a more slimmed down version of just key milestones.
It can be a little more difficult to work with when you use all of the hooks, bells and whistles that are available. It will take some time for the Novice user to pick all of this up. The columns (if all are used) offers a very crowded view, but I have never used all of these columns and most are hidden, so this may not be an issue to most users of MS Project Graphics need to be brought into the 21st Century.
- Che OdomMarketing and Business Administrator
P6 is the biggest competition and, as previously noted, is the gold standard in scheduling in the construction world. We select them in some cases, and Project in other cases, depending on how much experience in scheduling the end user has under their belt.
It is well suited for scheduling quickly, and scheduling by a project team member that may not be familiar with the complexities of other scheduling software. The logic is easy to adjust and understand, and the inputs are easier than typical Primavera products. I overall think that it is a great product, much easier to use, just know that the overall scheduling industry standard is Primavera P6. I am not sure why, or how to address moving that over.
Schedules and Logic. User-friendly. Easy to learn interface, similar to all Microsoft products, so familiar to most new users.
The overall look of the schedules produced is a little lackluster. There are not a whole lot of customization options, and to the construction field, it is quickly recognizable that the schedule was produced in Project. It's not a bad thing, but not the industry standard. I think it would be better to design the output to follow P6 just for credibility. It almost looks a little bit "cartoonish" or juvenile. Now I understand that MS design is certainly "better looking," but this is simply in comparison to the industry standard for credibility purposes.
- Abraham C.Active Directory Administrator
So far my overall experience with MS Project is a little more unique then expected and I would probably prefer more clarification on its compatibility and uses from Microsoft and their retail agents around the world before purchasing. The installation was pretty straight forward and I have not had any issue in regards to the application functionalities, and features. However, it did take me long to learn how to use MS Project and I would probably suggest that the help and instructional features could be adjusted to accommodate other users similar to my situation.
The great thing I like most about MS Project is that it's interface is quiet similar to that of other MS Office products, such as MS Excel. This familiarity gives me the confidence that the product I am about to use, is very similar to other MS Office products that I use on a daily basis. MS Project integrates well with Office 365 which allows me the space that I need to work remotely from anywhere when I'm outside the office, at home or sitting at a cafe having coffee while working on a task. Even when there is no internet connection, MS Project still works perfectly offline because it is a desktop application after all and your files are stored locally which allows ease of access when you need them. In addition to the user friendly interface of MS Project and its well designed features, I also love the built in templates that come with MS Project which is ready for use when I need it. The various templates have different themes and natures which gives you the flexibility to chose from according to the task you are trying to accomplish.
The least thing I liked about MS Project is that it took me a while to get used to the menus, and features such as the interface when i first started. It took a lot of practice and further research on how to use the product faster and efficiently because my first impression is that MS Project was not really user-friendly at the beginning. I think MS Project is a bit expensive and you need to plan and make an effective decision before you purchase the full license, and the reason I say this is because if you're a small business with a small budget then you can only afford a handful of user licenses, which means if your business will scale up in the future, then you have to purchase more user licenses to accommodate growth. Another con with MS Project that I found out is that it is only compatible with computers installed with the Windows operating system and you need to install the full licensed version to start using the full features of the application. I normally work remotely and I need an application that is compatible with other mobile devices such as android, apple iOS and Linux. I am unsure if MS Project can accommodate under these circumstances according to the application prerequisites and requirements of use for MS Project.
- Israel Jose A.Hydraulic Engineer, MSc Geological Engineering (Oil and Gas prospecting)
Since I have been using Microsoft Project, allows me to quickly adapt proposals and ideas into organized projects. This very helpful when I need to present proposals because I can give a solid overview of the project's idea, estimate, in the early stage, and to control during the execution, all the resources and manage and predict risks. The linkages, not only are easy to use but also help me when dealing with complex tasks. During presentations, the Gannt window allows me to show timelines versus the lines of tasks and clarify any doubt and even make corrections. I am a fan of the shortcuts, and filters, they help me to zoom over critical points. I really appreciate the fact that I can import and Export tasks in excel formats, it makes my daily work and reporting very easy.
For any user used to Microsoft's Software Family, the interface and tabs of the software will be very easy to understand and to use. The drag and drop function for schedule makes it easy to modify any resource. It has the most important features that any project management software can have and It is very useful that you can track all the necessary changes, manpower loading, deviations on time, and costs to complete the daily project managing tasks, provide baselines, and formulate all the necessary estimations. The Gantt Chart provides a graphical overview of the whole project and combined with the reports and striking graphics make it easier to understand and present the planning and evaluation strategy. If not the time to start a project from the scratch MPP comes with a very powerful set of templates. Indisputably MPP becomes an ideal first choice for any project manager.
The first I must say is that you need a strong background in project management theory (critical path method, evaluation techniques and so on) in order to master Microsoft Project and smoothly use all the features and capabilities of the software without having a complex learning curve. Besides, it's not an intuitive program so it is adviced taking a training course, but yes, you can learn to use it by yourself by dedicating hours and discipline. In the other hand, you need to consider the size of your project and company, and considering that it is a monthly subscription (including access to the cloud) that you should pay for every user, it can end up being relatively expensive at the end of the month. The integration with externals apps is null so you need to do it manually. And well, there are some formatting issues, is really complicated sometimes and printed results are not always what is expected.
- Gio J.Technical Trainer
I use Microsoft's Project to track the individual items that I need to manage for a major project. The best parts of MS Project are that it evolved into the easiest to use Gant chart generator out there. My personal business calls for me to track several programs at one time and as an Instructional Designer/Architect, I tend to "chunk" projects into smaller, easier to accomplish bites. The Project lets me do that and helps me track my progress in completing the chunks of the larger project that I have to complete. I like that the interface allows me to enter the data about the project into what looks like a spreadsheet. The software then generates a Gant chart and helps me track where I might have finished ahead of schedule or where I might slip if I don't pay attention. My main gripes about MS Project involve a lack of flexibility. I can't easily rename column headings because they're locked into Microsoft's view of what a project should look like. This is only a minor annoyance. That said, at times I often expect MS Project to behave more like MS Excel where I can manipulate and edit cells with ease, which you can't because the columns are locked to function only one way. Finally, I would like to have row separators that let me know where one project ends and another begins. I do this because I'd like to have a tool that lets me view all my projects in one place. Changing dates is also an annoyance because the date fields always default to the point in time in which you started the project and so if you expect the date fields to default to "today's date", you might have to make adjustments. It would be nice if the date defaulted as expected (today's date). Tips: 1. You can roughly rename the titles of cells, but the contents will always function according to the locked nature of the cells. 2. If like me, you want to track multiple projects in one MS Project file, simply color code the different projects with the cell highlight function.
1. Ease of use 2. Fast data entry 3. Visible Gant chart
1. Columns are locked to function only one way 2. Date fields don't default to today's date 3. No means to separate one project from another
- Stever Jose G.PMO
Have the possibility to manage the resources, projects carptera from the initiative or idea cycle to the process and project closure. and the collaboration in external offices with the executors or other leaders is very useful to measure impacts and make decisions.
Since we implemented it, which is quite easy, it is enough to have a 2010 project server and a professional project for the stations all in collaboration with a sharepoint farm. The implementation process took a couple of months to adjust the configurations and to be able to obtain the greatest possible potential of the solution. in general we could use the graphs and diagrams in order to measure and make correct decisions to be applied in each case the collaborative work increased to have a better follow-up of the tasks and be able to finalize or inform some deviation in time of each project The support of the provider was very specialized for when we had to resort in some cases to the implementation and uses of the platform. a great functionality was to be able to create project templates without having to go through the process of creating formulas within each file, something that is optional for each use but in ours we had formulas applied to be able to measure specific calculations that we needed. Roi's early measurements were accurate in a high percentage which helped to clarify the landscape of the project area.
It is a very expensive solution, for which not all companies are willing to invest, not only in the platform but in the hours of R & D that the team must use to manage it, maintain it and work on the solution. Another point is that it is not multiplatform and this in the cases that are needed is important to evaluate it or keep it in mind. It has many features and it is a bit difficult to be an expert because of the number of functionalities that you have and you end up resorting to conventional methods because it is cumbersome to know where to find them.
- Cesar C.Docente asociado
Based on the experience of the use of the tool, the organizational capacity is more efficient and effective in each task, as well as the security and the status of the results offered by each member of the project. Another element to highlight is communications and how this allows improving the flow of information, thus improving the willingness of managers to take corrective action at the best times.
Of the positive things that Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management has, is that you can use a driver prioritization module to develop workshops in which executives openly discuss the issue importance of each business controller and thus be able to prioritize the strategies according to the established objectives. that's why it's an advantage to be able to prioritize commercial drivers at any level within the organizational hierarchy Another element to highlight is the tool's management capabilities, which helps to capture the resource requirements at the beginning of the project's life cycle and all the programmed activities, providing visibility, certainty and assertive predictions about the demand future and the best thing is that it can be accessed from any device available to the members of the company.
One of the difficulties is the development of the chronogram of the different projects and the information that is offered to the teams involved in the different projects, as well as the possibility of associating one or more plans for the execution of the project and a baseline for the project. supervision, development and management and thus be able to generate changes in the various levels in a corrective manner. In addition, the implementation of the schedule change and operational capacity is difficult and prevents providing the project teams with an updated map for the execution of their tasks and therefore the delivery of a new baseline to verify progress and manage the change programmed by the bosses.
- Dario V.CTO
I used this product at a large bank and they used this to keep track of every.single.thing. developers did, so it was really time consuming updating everything on a daily basis. PMs had a nightmare maintaining everybody's schedule and making little changes to the plans so they would adjust to minor variations and unexpected stuff. The bank had build an automation engine for Project so every file was crunched by it and used to calculate everything from bugdet updates to productity bonuses. It was really a grim time when some tool told you the bonus wouldn't be available to you in the current quarter.
Microsoft Project is the 200-pound gorilla that most enterprises use, mainly because their companies already have all the Office bundle and this software might come included. Make no mistake, this is a compelling and thorough piece of software, but sometimes it's a little overkill for simple, quick tasks (like sketching a project while it's being pitched) and it really focus on being a good-for-everyone without much emphasis on usability or friendliness. Other newer options have emerged in the last years, so there's a big possibility that you could find exactly the software for your needs on a cheaper, even free option. On the plus side, MS Project supports really giant plans, as well as collaborative efforts and automation. The fact that it can be automated through code written in C# might be its more appealing feature for enterprises and large companies.
Like most MS software lately, this can be a memory and CPU hog. It really has tons of features so finding the right tool can be time-consuming. The usability could be much better, especially for my use case which is quick prototyping of projects in order to create budgets and proposals.
Microsoft Proyect offers the possibility of managing all the activities that make up the project execution process, since it simplifies the administration of projects and portfolios of resources. Integrated planning tools help you keep track of projects, as well as organize them. It is a tool that facilitates decision making in a timely manner because it allows to develop and design projects in the company with their respective resource allocations. It should be noted that it has functions to c...
I've used MS Projects for years. I've since moved to Zoho Projects and find that I have the more robust feature set with Zoho but I think MS Projects works if you want to keep it simple and don't need the added bells and whistles of Zoho.