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Microsoft Project Valuable Features

Michael Barg - PeerSpot reviewer
Principal Consultant at Lexington Consulting

MS Project's resource leveling capability is beneficial. We like this feature. We want to be able to expand tasks and look at different resources and task usages. It is good at assigning tasks to teams.

It is generally compliant with the Project Management Institute approach to project management, which means MS Project helps us be more uniform and consistent in conducting each project.

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IT Consultant with 1,001-5,000 employees

The reporting features are quite strong. Being able to do team reports and find out what work is pending, what work needs to be done are key in my day-to-day management of the team. The earned value analysis capabilities and critical path capabilities inside the tool help me make sure that I'm keeping the projects on track.

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Systems Engineer at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

The solution is very useful for project planning.

The solution is extremely stable.

The solution can handle large-scale projects.

I'm totally confident that somebody that uses it more frequently and more deeply than I do certainly is aware of the features and functions in it that I just don't use. It's user-friendly, rudimentarily. I'm just creating tasks, linking tasks in terms of predecessors and successors, adding duration to the task, adding resources to the tasks, and coming up with the logical flow and the end dates. That's how I use it. And, in that sense, it's very easy to use.

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Microsoft Project
June 2022
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Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

There are some valuable tools on the solution that are actually free.

The tasks are quite detailed on the solution.

You are able to easily manage other software, and, for a particular task item, you can schedule it however you like. It's quite flexible in terms of managing everything.

The solution is very complete. It makes it a great option for project managers and they can use it extensively in almost any organizational setup.

The mapping is pretty good and that's our primary requirement. Sometimes the customers and stakeholders have their own reports, but that's okay and it works for us. Most of our reporting is based on sprints and Microsoft Tool can help us map this. Most of our reporting is a combination of JIRA and Microsoft.

We can code it to JIRA and can see the total movement there as well. 

We can easily integrate it into Confluence. It's pretty seamless.

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Operation Project Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees

It can auto-connect based on the dates, which makes it easy. It auto-assigns people, and when you're starting to type in, it auto-fills and populates for you, which is great. It provides little time savers when you're typing everything out. It is just like, "Oh, I can just click from a dropdown." Those types of features are really great, and this is where it kind of gets a little bit intuitive. At the same time, if you don't like what it is doing, it is easy to change it.

I like using it just because it is easy to use. It is pretty user-friendly and easy to figure out. It is definitely one of the better ones out there. 

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Paul Gruver - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Project Manager at Stradley Ronon

It comes with our Office 365. 

We started using it and we stopped using LiquidPlanner. 

I am most comfortable using Microsoft Project just because I have used it for so long, but we are still trying to figure out the new version at the moment.

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IT Project Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

The roadmap functionality is very nice. All the dependencies and timelines are there. 

The board mode and the list of tasks are very handy to have in front of me. It looks very similar to a Trello board. It's very easy to navigate and understand.

The stability is very good.

Technical support has been very helpful.

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Solutions Manager, Support Analyst at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

Microsoft Project integrates well with the Microsoft Office family of applications. It has plugins that interact with it and you can use it with Microsoft Teams. We can use plugins to communicate with JIRA, Projectplace, and Planview. It's not widely used in the company, of course, but it's something that can interact with the official tools that we have. 

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Hector-Gonzalez - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Global PMO Manager, Project & Portfolio Management Office Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The integration between SharePoint and Power BI has been great.

The stability is good.

You can scale the solution as needed. 

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Founder at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

In my experience, this solution is one of the best for the waterfall management model. You are able to analyze, allocate tasks easily, chart, use different kinds of graphs, and the atmosphere is something similar to other Microsoft Office products. Having similarity to Office is the reason why it is easy to use. The majority of people already know how to use those pieces of software. 

There are plenty of features in this solution.

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George Isaac - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at InterCAD Systems Pvt Ltd

Microsoft Project is one of the only solutions you can use in just about any industry. It's difficult to do that with most other project management tools. There is a lot of flexibility within the product assets. Most sectors can utilize Microsoft Project successfully because it doesn't have any generic adapters. Primavera is a competitor from Oracle, and they've got adapters for some industries but not others. For example, they have adapters for construction management, so people who are on construction projects usually go for Primavera because the adapters make it easy for them to scale out a project.

With Microsoft Project, you need to do more work to get the same thing, but that is the advantage of having adapters. Adapters make it easy for certain sectors to implement their projects, but Project doesn't have that, so anybody can use it. That is the best thing about Microsoft Project

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Systems Software Specialist III at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

Overall, the solution has been so much better than the previous project management tool we had been using.

It's very easy to select the projects. It's so easy to save the project, task, and hours that I want. You don't have to think about it. 

The user interface is so clean. The previous EPM product was so hard to understand in terms of the user interface.

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Founder & Director at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

It is a complete and all-rounded enterprise product. From a portfolio management perspective and an individual project management perspective, it is a corporate-wide project management product. It can be used for resource planning, financial planning, task planning, etc.

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Sr Project Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features of Microsoft Project are you can create critical paths pretty easily, and you can import from an Excel spreadsheet to your task list as you create it during your working sessions with your team.

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Technical Project Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

I use all of the features that are there. There are quite a few that are very helpful. 

It makes it easier for me to project manage.

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Unemployed at a healthcare company with 501-1,000 employees

It served the purpose. It was pretty user-friendly.

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Delivery Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It is very stable. I haven't had any kind of issues with it. It is also very scalable.

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Utilities Consultant at a consultancy with 51-200 employees

It is easy to use and pretty intuitive. User interfaces have stayed the same for the most part for the last 20 years. So, there is a familiarity.

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General Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The running time on the user interface is very good. We love, in general, the usability and the user interface. It's quite intuitive and easy to use.

The pricing is pretty good on the enterprise agreement we have.

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SVP, Emerging Data Platforms at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

The standard project planning features and charts are most valuable.

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MD at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is time management.

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Sr. Project Manager

The ability to break down project phases is most valuable. Being able to align the tasks and reporting with project milestones and progress is also valuable.

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Senior Business Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the scheduling, managing the resources, budgeting, tracking the progress, viewing the progress, reporting, and it is very easy to use.

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IT Superintendent at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees

A lot of valuable features have been added in the last three years, including scheduling automation and intelligence.

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Manager - Operations Advisory (Finance transformation and performance improvement) at a consultancy with 10,001+ employees

Microsoft Project is user-friendly and easy to use to do very complex project plans.

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Buyer's Guide
Microsoft Project
June 2022
Learn what your peers think about Microsoft Project. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2022.
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