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"Good way to manage tasks"

What do you like best?

With Project, I like that I can keep track of all tasks, see how they relate to each other and where they fit in chronologically. I especially like that it will automatically calculate start/complete dates based on the amount of time it takes to complete and its predecessor tasks.

What do you dislike?

My least favorite thing is how difficult it is to share with other people. Few people that I work with have Project on their computers, so I have to export it to excel or pdf for them to see it, but they can't modify it. It's just a pain.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's a good product that has a lot of value. I find it helpful to keep track of project tasks when there are a lot of tasks to manage. It isn't necessarily the most user-friendly, though, and it is not necessarily the easiest one to share with others if they don't have Project as well, so I would keep that in mind when deciding whether or not to purchase it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helps me keep track of what tasks need to be accomplished and when everything needs to get done. It just helps me be more organized than I would be without it.

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"One of the best tools that every project management must use"

What do you like best?

This is a complete tool to manage any type of project. MS Project and Portfolio Management have the best complement to manage schedule, time, cost, resources and scope. Have the option to use Power BI, that is a very powerful tool to display the project information, metrics, trends, and helps a lot to the communication of the state of the project to the stakeholders.

Microsoft offers three levels of software licensing to choose the best fit for your company needs.

What do you dislike?

In general, this software have all that an application of this type must have, so it is difficult to find something bad about the product, but I think that Microsoft could innovate adding some features like management modules for quality, acquisitions and other important knowledge areas of project management methodology standars.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Microsoft offers three levels of licensing, but my recommendation is to start using the intermediate or highest package if you want to use the real benefits of the software, because the essential one doesn't have enough features to do a real difference.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Every company and natural person have to manage projects, and MS Project and Porftolio Management allows the manager to do it controlling the main factors of the projects (schedule, time, cost, resources and scope).

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"The Standard Project Management Tool - Not the newest but the standard"

What do you like best?

Works as intended, powerful enough to do almost anything yet easy enough to set up small projects on the fly. Easy to import and export data to other Microsoft or non microsoft packages as needed. Has the ability to integrate with tools such as Onepager making it more powerful than the isolated product alone.

What do you dislike?

Wish it had better built in Visualization capability like One Pager offers as an add on. It does have some quirky behavior at time when error messages are vague or misleading so you have to hunt for why a dependency for example is not working. I used to hate that you needed MS Project Server for so many functions, I hear the Office 365 implementation offers a lot of the functionality but I have not used it yet. I wish the standalone project would allow you to easily trigger emails when tasks are due for example to the task owner or sent easy progress reports to owners with single clicks. Smartsheet has some of these functions that I understand may not be available on the 365 version but cannot validate..

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you truly understand how dependencies work, how summary tasks impact dependencies and also how to use FS, SS etc when linking tasks. Failure to understand the basic functions can really provide wrong results in terms of end dates or critical path. Take time to understand project management before using the tool, some try and use the tool without knowing project management and that can be dangerous to data quality.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Track projects on a task level basis. We have done resource management at times however works best on projects with fully dedicated resources, hard to use when using variable shared resources. Tracking projects with the software allows for real time what if scenarios in terms of task delay, task pullin, adding resources to reduce duration based on LOE etc with almost no major effort.

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"centralized project management"

What do you like best?

easy to organize create and maintain the portfolio of projects of the company, managing the problems, risks and having a site in sharepoint for each project where you can customize with webpart to bring the documentation of the project in an orderly manner.

share and collaborate in large work teams that interact with the same project so that everyone updates only the tasks assigned and having a better control of the activities carried out, available resources and deviations from the project

What do you dislike?

project has so many functions that not all come to use and to my point of view is against because they can not be exploited by being so hidden

Recommendations to others considering the product:

perform product concept tests and research with the community of PM on YouTube or on the Internet where they can see more deep features that are not at first glance and help the management of projects.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

maintain a good management on the portfolio of centralized projects in a single solution obtaining better results in predictions and reports pki

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"tool for planning activities and project resources"

What do you like best?

I like project because it offers the possibility of managing all the activities that make up a process of project execution. and its very helpfull for my work Simplifies project and resource portfolio management with Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management . Integrated planning tools help you keep track of projects and keep you organized.It is a tool that helps us to make decisions in a timely manner because it allows us to develop and design projects in the company with their respective allocation of resources. It should be noted that it has functions to monitor the physical and financial progress of the company, administrative budget design and workload analysis.

it is a useful tool, if you want to carry out in detail each one of the tasks executed for the fulfillment of the objectives established in the industrial complex.

It is a program that allows to assist the people who make the decision, in the process of project development, programs, plans, allocation of resources to tasks, monitoring progress, managing the budget and analyzing data from the industrial complex .

What do you dislike?

the program does not have the option to measure the productivity of the machines or personnel. being a weakness of importance, which requires work for its construction project control model.

the service of the program is expensive in comparison with the alternatives presented by the competition, consequently, in a small company it is not advisable to buy this service because it would be underutilizing the tools offered by the system, and complicating the economic activities unnecessarily.

and it can be complex for beginners

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I think it should be more accessible to users because it is expensive and unaffordable for users

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microsolf Projets is used for the quarterly and annual planning of the production with the purpose of making technical reports that allow to strengthen the productive process of the textile production plants of the industrial complex , it has helped me to manage the times of accomplishment of taras as well as to avoid delays in the supply chain of raw materials

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"Good software for track and manage projects"

What do you like best?

The software is really robust for track and manage the complete project cycle of every project in the company. you can manage the resources of the company and how are they assigned to the projects, you can keep the cost and schedule (start and end date and time) on every single task within the project. The Gantt chart or project map is really cool and it's made in real time within the application.

What do you dislike?

The software is designed to track and manage really big projects, which is really cool and is the main focus of the application, but sometimes it feels the software is too big and complex to manage really simple projects.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The licensing could be a little pricey, but the software is really robust and allows the tracking of the complete company portfolio of projects. In some cases, the soft ware comes bundled with some of the premium versions of Microsoft Office, which could be really good if you also use Microsoft Office within your company, so you won't have to buy it as a separate package.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our company we keep track of several concurrent projects, and with the help of the project server it helps to manage all the resources within the company and which one is applied to each project. The reports are really cool and easy to get and are specially useful for our scheduled weekly meetings with the customers.

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"An impressive tool for your projects"

What do you like best?

Microsoft PPM; In general, it is a good option for managing projects in the office environment. Allows you to manage projects and set their time and activities as part of the Office suite. You can design your templates as you like. Allows members to work with your project, plan and monitor the development of activities, and access project data from anywhere. In addition to alternatives, you can create graphs and diagrams to visualize data.

What do you dislike?

The biggest drawback to me is that the subscription is very expensive. If you do not have experience with this type of tool, or if it is complicated to use, you will find the program not worth trying. This software is less functional to use tools than other Microsoft programs such as Project. Because there are too many tools and functions for this, and sometimes it is difficult to find the right one.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The Microsoft project may sometimes have problems with linked items. When a link is removed from events, this project manager likes to maintain that link from time to time to create a new link. It's easy to manage, update, and add new events or split existing events. To add more details to the gant table, you can quickly change my view from all project, year, month, and week views.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

An easy way to create project statistics and graphs visually is through this software. I have experimented with Microsoft Project and it seems to be a very useful software for any kind of project management use. The help feature is great and is a successful software application that I use for my projects.

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"The ideal tool for keeping a full track of the project. "

What do you like best?

The Gantt Chart gives a graphical diagram of the entire project and joined with the reports and striking designs make it less demanding to comprehend and exhibit the arranging and assessment methodology. If not an opportunity to begin a project from the scratch PPM accompanies a ground-breaking set of layouts. Unquestionably PPM turns into a perfect first decision for any project director.

What do you dislike?

First of all I should state is that you require a solid foundation in project management hypothesis (basic way strategy, assessment strategies etc so as to ace Microsoft Project and easily utilize every one of the features and capacities of the software without having a perplexing expectation to learn and adapt.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The linkages, are anything but difficult to use as well as help me when managing complex assignments.

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"One of the Most Robust Planning and Controlling Projects Tool: Microsoft Project "

What do you like best?

-Allows Collaboration using the File sharing option, this is very useful to share files with other members of your team.

-Reporting is on of the strongs of Microsoft Project, allowing you to generate great reports with little effort.

-Provides multiple views of the projects state, making use of Gantt Charts, resource usage charts, calendars.

-Allows to manage Multiple Projects at the same time in the same organization, this can be achieved thanks to Master Project Plan feature.

- We chosen Microsoft Project because of Microsoft support and documentation available.

What do you dislike?

- Licenses cost could be some expensive for little organizations.

- The installation cant be done with the same Microsoft Office suite.

- Requires significant training and experience with the tool to use it effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for One of the Most Robust Planning and Controlling Projects Tool, dont hesitate choosing Microsoft Project

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microsoft project is being used as the official software for creating projects´ planning and controlling projects resources across the whole organization.

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"Great for managing multiple projects timeline, not very flexible to make chart presentable"

What do you like best?

Ability to adjust timeline of multiple tasks when adjusting one can affect another. You can either manually schedule the tasks, or you can select to have MS Project automatically schedule the tasks based on the task data you input. You can adjust start-finish timeline of the following tasks when the predecessor task finish time changes. MS Project also shows the final project timeline in a nice gantt chart for you to have an overview of the whole project. The % progress bar is also an option, which makes it easy to visualize the progress of the project. I also like the ability to add subprojects and linking projects, making it easier to see how one change impacts another in a different project. Reporting tab also gives out a nice pie chart or bar chart to show project progress.

What do you dislike?

The visualisation of the chart. There are not many choices of nice icons to use. Adjusting fonts and sizes of the chart is quite difficult or not very flexible. The row height is also not easy to get it the the right height for my usage, unlike using MS Excel. The icons are quite small to see on the screen or on paper. All in all, I find it challenging in trying to make the gantt chart looks more presentable in a meeting room because the icons and texts are usually too small.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Might need to combine with other software like Tableau, MS Powerpoint to make a better presenation

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Product development project timeline

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"An overall tool for managing the project"

What do you like best?

The MS project is the best tool suited for managing the project ad performing certain task of resource allocation scheduling the project. It also helps in estimating the total cost of the project. The GANTT chart and PERT chart are the visual representations of the project management. Also the developing group can share the chart and document amongst themselves.Various portfolios of the project can by prepared by using MS project

What do you dislike?

The only feature i dislike about it is the UI of this tool is still a complex issue and that sometimes it makes the project management task tidy.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend this tool specially to those who are in the field of software engineering and trying to gain knowledge in the field of software project management

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been a software engineer so many problems i solved using MS project, Like scheduling the project, allocating the project, monitoring the project development cycle via different models .

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"Project"

What do you like best?

The Project and Portfolio ap provides you with templates and shortens the time you spend on putting things in place. You can focus on the depth of the information you are sending out rather than throwing something together and it does not appear professional and the information is missed. You can also invite your team into the project. This works well when delegating information and having staff work on different components of a project.

What do you dislike?

The software is somewhat limiting and can cause frustration because it doesnt have what you are being asked to provide. When bringing in new team members it is safe to give them a preview of the software to make sure they can utilize the product and keep up the pace of the project.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been able to put together a rough draft of a project quicker, saving time stress and can edit it to the likeness of my team quicker. While using the software I have been able to view the project and show the process when asked.

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"Tracking the project was never professional before."

What do you like best?

The MS project is a well known tool for the beginners and also the pros who like me who are in IT industry and this tool has helped us over many years and now it has become an important tool for tracking resource allocation and finishing the project in a scheduled time.Also the different charts representations is the most attractive feature i like about it.

What do you dislike?

The only thing i dislike about MS project is the tools still an underrated amongst the software engineers as the Microsoft like Giant havent been totally focusing totally on the development of the tool which results in less popularity amongst other tools who are specially build for industry project like Altassians JIRA.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

As MS project is a great tool for development and maintaining portfolio in recent times due to its ease of use and its functionalities which satisfies almost everyones need.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have been solving many problems like scheduling, project planning ,resource allocation , Maintenance, and Project cost estimation.

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"Microsoft Project really helps keep me on task and organized."

What do you like best?

I like how robust Microsoft project is. I can track costs, milestones, resource, due dates, etc. all withing one project. I can honestly say it is a Microsoft Product that works and works well.

What do you dislike?

There is a steep learning curve which is one of it's downfall. Once you learn the software it isn't too bad. Another downfall is how ugly it looks when printed out. If everyone has project and you can show it inside the software then all is good. But if you have to print something out for a meeting, it gets messy.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are a project manager and are having trouble keeping things on task, this will be exactly what you will need. This tool is the best one on the market.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a project manager and it helps me be as efficient at my job as possible.

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"One of the Most Robust Planning and Controlling Projects Tool: Microsoft Project "

What do you like best?

* Allows Collaboration using the File sharing option, this is very useful to share files with other members of your team.

* Reporting is on of the strongs of Microsoft Project, allowing you to generate great reports with little effort.

* Provides multiple views of the projects state, making use of Gantt Charts, resource usage charts, calendars.

* Allows to manage Multiple Projects at the same time in the same organization, this can be achieved thanks to Master Project Plan feature.

What do you dislike?

* Licenses cost could be some expensive for little organizations.

* The installation cant be done with the same Microsoft Office suite.

* Requires significant training and experience with the tool to use it effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for one of the Most Robust Planning and Controlling Projects Tool dont hesitate choosing Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Microsoft Project is well suited for medium projects where stakeholders need to access projects information constantly and the sharing of reports is very frequent.

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"Easy to use Software for Project Schedules"

What do you like best?

What I like best about this software is that it is a Microsoft product so it is straightforward to use. You can open the document easily and start sifting through the schedule in front of you and add and delete as needed.

What do you dislike?

The one thing I dislike is that this software is not available on a Mac, so I end up using it on the Parallels side of my computer. If they could make it available across all platforms, it would make it so much easier to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My recommendation is to immediately save the document as soon as you start working on it. Even the smallest changes can make a difference and if you don't save you might lose important information. Also, be sure to ensure your version is on the server if you choose to use the server option. Otherwise, the changes you make will stay on your local machine and never be seen from other team members. Other than that, great software to use for teams needing to use this software. Another suggestion is that it needs to be checked out prior to use, otherwise, it can override a version someone is already working on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest issue this was resolved is that I can know view the actual schedule and make changes if I need to rather than getting a PDF of the schedule and having no control of the document. The benefit is that I can edit the schedule to realize hypothetical scenarios and dates for a particular project.

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"May be your best option for your company Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management???"

What do you like best?

What I like most about this application is that it is designed to support the selection, planning and execution of a variety of different jobs, including, among others, traditional projects. They often include collaboration and communication skills, and allow work teams and project offices to report and monitor projects. Your tools can help with decision-making in projects and resource-intensive work environments.

What do you dislike?

It is very intuitive at the time of configuring the tasks in the advanced way and there are very few tutorials that help you to carry out this important work at the moment of making the most of this application. We have many unique applications in which we must integrate to do match and avoid doing the same job repeatedly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The problem with more priority to solve would be to have more tutorials at the time of the advanced configuration that is more intuitive. Other questions that may not have been considered to configure them correctly would be: resource overflow processes, escalation routes and different business intelligence options. If you plan to integrate into other products, this is essential. We have several other accounting tracking systems, time sheet and existing expenses. Be more accessible with reference to the purchase cost.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I can solve the following commercial problems thanks to this application such as: configuration of schedules that are flexible, tracking of resource allocations, reports on real values versus projected ones. When configured correctly, this product does an excellent job. We have many projects in which resources are distributed. We try to take advantage of the power of the platform to combine and use the product to see in which state of execution each project is located.

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"MS Project Delivers Results"

What do you like best?

I love (love!) that I can sync my Project Pro 2016 files with task lists on SharePoint sites.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the license cost for each Project Pro 2016 seat.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

So...here's the deal. We don't want to use Project Pro 2016. We want to use the Office 365 MS Project Online application. But our IT hasn't enable this application and very likely won't be enabling the Project Online application within the next calendar year. My recommendation would be to use Project Online. However, MS Project Pro 2016 is a great alternative especially if your enterprise utilizes the SharePoint environment as well. Be prepared for a small learning curve in getting started with using Project Pro 2016 productively but nearly as bad as some other online project management applications. Also, *big recommendation*: learn the Project Pro 2016 shortcut keys for adding tasks, summaries, indenting and outdenting tasks etc. Suuuuuper helpful!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One of the biggest problems that we're solving with MS Project Pro 2016 is collaboration and communication of project plans, backlogs, and tasks. Syncing Project files with task lists on our PMO SharePoint pages is a huge win for us team of PMs. This feature makes it very easy to communicate information about the progress on a project in almost real time. Love it.

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"Hard to get going but once you do..."

What do you like best?

Full functionality and resource management across multiple projects. It easily integrates into other platforms since the product sits on SharePoint. If a user uses SharePoint, the training for document management, alerts, and the like are negligible.

What do you dislike?

Not the easiest thing to set up. Of course you could just use the out of the box functionality to get started, but in our case, we have a lot of unique applications we need to integrate into to match up and avoid doing the same work repeatedly. You really need to have your processes fully documented in order to set this up properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get an consultant to come in and help set this up. They will ask question you may not have considered in order to set this up properly...like escalation paths, resource overrun processes, and the different business intelligence options. If you plan to integrate into other products, this is a must. We have several other existing accounting, timesheet, and expense tracking systems. To get that information in sync with PPM, we had to write some connections.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking resource allocations, setting up schedules that are flexible, reporting on actuals vs projected. When set up properly, this product does an excellent job. We have a lot of projects which resources are spread across... to ensure that we are not overallocating the person's time, we need to see into all projects across the portfolio. We need to report on how the projects are doing across the portfolio at a moments notice, this product allows for the creation of specialized views of the dashboard depending on the role of the user.

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"Divides up project tasks easily to help manage timeline of project progression."

What do you like best?

I like the ability to change tasks order and keep track of what needs to happen as the project progresses. MS Project makes it simple to oversee what needs to still happen on a project and what deadlines are coming up. When my team reviews it, they get an easy birds-eye view of the project. When using this for task management, you can sort each column by task and then submit the task list to each department involved. This makes task distribution much easier.

What do you dislike?

Depending on if the tasks are in AUTO mode or MANUAL mode will change the way that the software reacts. I find it challenging when dates you have set change unintentionally and there is not an easy way to get it back in order. Sometimes the formatting of the project is a little clunky. If there was a better way to format the output, I think I would find that helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I always use software for my needs. Sometimes out of the box any software does not work as you would desire. This is often the case for my workflow. Give MS Project a chance to work for you. Watch tutorials, take a class. Whatever it takes to get the most out of MS Project for your purposes.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am solving the task management problem. We struggle with more than 12 projects active at any given time. We attempt to leverage the power of the platform to combine and use the product to see where each project lies.

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"Good and easy for managing project and monitoring it."

What do you like best?

MS project has capability of managing project along with making its portfolio at the same time. Ms project with the use of different charts and diagrams shows us the collective work for developed software. The cost of the project accounting every resource available ca be calculated with MS project and the portfolio can made accordingly.

What do you dislike?

The one feature dislike about MS project is the amount of unwanted features which are sometimes obstacle in the project development. The scheduling,resource planning and cost estimation cant be incorporated in any other project management tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

For all the beginners to college students to project managers i would strongly recommend this software for managing the software development .

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am regular user of MS project and portfolio management as it has helped me in solving many project management related problems like estimating the cost ,planning the software with the schedule.

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"Project management for 8 years using MS Project"

What do you like best?

Easy to use

Manage project progress, resources effectively. Adjust the schedule easily. Perfect to generate gratt chart

This is used to drive the project schedule to meet deadline, use effectively resources (resource leveling). It is also compatible completely with PMP (Project Management Professional), therefore project managers with PMP certificated are working very well with MS Project

What do you dislike?

The price is so high. The customized reports are not easy to create

This application requires project management knowledge in advance and it is just more effective for small to medium projects.

There is no case study to learn from the practical experiences as there are so many concepts that need to be applied.

Think about integrating with other project management tools such as JIRA to manage the full life cycle of development project

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you start working on project and portfolio management or you are PMP certificated, Microsoft Project and Portfolio management is one of the best choices to utilize. It is very good for planning, controlling and taking appropriate actions against the variances shown up compare to the base lines. You are not worried about the schedule conflicts or resource limitation as this tool can allow to facilitate all of these. This tool also allows you to link between projects that make our life more easy.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The problems come from the schedule conflicts that MS Project and Portfolio Management solve very effectively. Resource leveling is also addressed by this tool

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"Email and projects fused together"

What do you like best?

I have found that the fact that it is a Microsoft based product and the fact that my company uses outlook I have been able to blend together my files, projects that are completed/pending, and my emails + calendar all into one easy to use software.

What do you dislike?

I haven't encountered any problems yet with the software, it would be poor to complain about a software I use in work because it i might not enjoy the work but as for the organisational tools this software offers I can't find fault.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would recommend a simple chat section to chat between members of the same project, it is easy to send an email with regards to an issue but in meetings it would be made extremely easy to include a chat section so as to add an extra layer or person to the project whilst you are working on it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to increase communication between the different members who feature in the project. Not only this but we have been able to categorise the work and files associated with the project that has increased the effectiveness in which we work.

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"Great tool for sprint planning"

What do you like best?

I like how easy it is to copy and paste a task list from Excel in to Project. I usually start with Excel and then move to Project when I need to start setting dates and assigning people to each task.

The way an update made to a task date automatically cascades to all its child items is very helpful but it would be nice if there was more guidance around how that works as sometimes it isn't intuitive.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for a first time user is steeper than most other Microsoft products. It would be nice to have more flexibility to customize the style and color theme of the timeline as I often need to put it in to a presentation for my customers.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a program manager I use this tool to detail the delivery phases for new features that my team is working on. I also use it to assign tasks to individual team members based on their available capacity.

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"Much Better Than It Used To Be"

What do you like best?

Resource levelling now works well and allows projects to be resource driven with confidence.

The new range of templates is truly staggering including ones for sprint management which allow Agile projects to be scheduled and delivered using MS Project

What do you dislike?

Still requires too many key presses to perform some reasonably basic tasks. It should be possible to update a number of tasks (not all with the same information) in a sequence by highlighting them and the system automatically moving you to the next . You can't!

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be very clear what you want it to do and think carefully about the right project template to use, the resource pool and the calendars before committing tasks to the project. Remember that you can import a list from excel if you have been putting a task list together before deciding to schedule

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling software development, internally.

Scheduling deployment projects for clients.

Planning marketing and business development activities

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