What Is Microsoft Project Used For?
Many project managers work as the autonomous authority on a project. Like a symphony conductor, this type of manager orchestrates everything that goes on, but he or she will be the only one who sees the whole picture. This one manager examines minutely everything about the project:
- Progression of tasks
- Workers’ hours and salaries
- Costs of equipment and supplies
- Keeping progress on schedule
- Budget overruns
This type of manager is not interested in sharing his analysis or accepting input from stakeholders or sponsors. For him, Project 2010 Standard fills the bill.
Many other people share what’s going on with everyone involved, and they put the project files right out there—through networked computers, on the company Intranet, or uploaded via a functional software applications such as Microsoft SharePoint or Project Server. Project enables people to cross the boundaries of time and location resulting in a collaboration and, ultimately, successful project conclusion. Project 2010 Standard can be made accessible on networked computers, but only Project Professional 2010 can be uploaded for widespread sharing. This latter process refers to enterprise projects.
What are the benefits of networked or enterprise projects? People can interact practically in real time to communicate about project tasks or put their own spin on a project. Project Professional 2010 provides this access to organization and communication whether the members of the project team work at one location or at multiple company or stakeholder sites.
Often multiple projects are in progress and organized in what we refer to as portfolio management. Project really shines when used for portfolio management. When multiple projects are ongoing, people’s assignments or resource availability and expenses can be tracked and allocated among several projects at once. However, it does require the purchase of a license for each participant in order to realize this type of organized collaboration. There is also a Project Viewer download that hasn’t been rated by users at this writing (see Resource section).