Microsoft project is usedby people in the project management arena in planning managing their variousprojects. Established by the tech giant Microsoft, the software has gonea long way in enabling people to solve some of the most challenging projectproblems. The aim of MS project is to aid project managers in coming up withtheir various plans and schedules to complete the necessary projects. They arealso in a position to allocate resources appropriately as well as being able tomonitor the progress of the various projects (Pmi.
org, 2018). It’simperative to note that the software comes in two editions; MS projectprofessional and MS project standard. Below are pertinent issues that mayarise when using MS project. As compared to Microsoftword and excel, MS project is a bit difficult to use. As a matter offact, there are many people who have been able to learn by themselves how touse Excel and Word. However, it is not the case with MS project.
This isbecause the software is by itself relational, i.e. it contains various tasks,tables as well as resources. It can be concluded therefore that using MSproject is not user friendly especially for the new users. There are variouschallenges that I foresee while using MS project in the course. First andforemost, I foresee myself encountering serious problems in acquitting myselfwith the software.
This will be compounded by the fact that I am morecomfortable in using word and excel. As such, I will set very high standardswhich at the end of the day may leave me very frustrated. It’s also probablethat the features of the MS project may become a challenge to myself. This isbecause they will be somehow new to me and as such I must put a lot of effortin trying to understand them. As a matter of fact, in some instances, theinherent features which are assumed to be possessed by MS project goes againstthe programming design by the Company (Larson & Gray, 2013). Anotherchallenge that I may experience is applying some shortcuts from other softwareto the MS Project software. For instance, in excel F9 is used to dorecalculations in Microsoft excel.
As such, I may be tempted to apply it in MSproject. This may not always work for other shortcuts and may breedfrustrations in the process. MS project possesses somekey advantages as compared to Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel. Whencomparing excel and MS project, one realizes that it takes a lot of timepreparing a project schedule using the former as compared to the latter.
It’s also vital to note that updating project schedules using excel is verytiresome as compared to MS project. As such, project managers tend to prefer MSproject as its more user friendly as compared to excel. This is because,with MS project, alterations can easily be made which will ensure that amanager has a humble time managing the entire project. MS project alsocreates better charts as compared to both word and excel (EPMA Blog, 2018). The importance of MicrosoftProject as far as the planning of projects cannot be underscored. Thesoftware enables project managers to come up with a clear schedule of what isto be done at a particular time in a project. As such, learners should deviseways in which they can be able to apply the software seamlessly.