Microsoft Project Standard 2010
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- Microsoft 076-04843 project standard 2010
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 7
- Media: Software
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Microsoft Project Standard 2010 is project managing software that gives Microsoft project managers a new and easier way to manage projects. It features significant updates and visual enhancements to give you a new and easier way to manage the many projects that contribute to the success of your business. Offering flexibility and choice, this program provides tailored work management solutions for individuals, teams, and enterprises. With a completely new and visually-enhanced timeline, you'll have an easier, more intuitive way to see and share key dates and deadlines.
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I'd recommend buying this, but also the plug-in called "Tap on the Shoulder" that automatically reminds team members of their task deadlines.
It's inexpensive and makes a world of difference.
If Microsoft is paying attention, they'll wrap a feature like this into the next version of Project.
The challenge is that MSP is very complicated to use, and if you aren't aware of each setting (including the default settings for new tasks), you can do some serious damage to your project plan/ budget. For example the default setting for tasks is "fixed units". And if all you do is create a plan and leave it alone, you probably won't notice anything. But if you add or subtract resources to/ from a task after the initial creation AND have effort-driven scheduling turned on (another default) it will start changing things on you. The tricky part comes when you want to show people how they're booked on your project - using Resources Assignments - unless you're very careful, it will appear that you've overbooked your resources significantly. This is probably user error (mine), but my advice is to be very careful about how you setup, maintain and share information coming out of MSP.
This is a very pricey tool, but if you have a project of any significant complexity to manage, this is an excellent resource. An immediate benefit for me was being able to determine when it will be productive to add resources (hire people) for maximum impact to the end date based on known dependencies. This is great for exploring what-if scenarios to aid decision making. I'm just getting started with this, so I have hardly begun to explore all the features available, but I doubt this application will run out of steam as my usage gets more sophisticated.