Re: MS Project vs. Primavera
- From: vanita <vanita@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 21:38:01 -0700
I have used both the software professionally and also train executives for
both the software. I agree wih others that both the software have their own
strengths and weaknesses. One thing in favour of MSP is definitely its
flexibility for customisation and effective data interface with Excel.
Construction industry is the one which has very large infrastruture
projects, but then majority of its projects are also small to medium size and
being dealt by SMEs. For them it is difficult to use Primavera which is
relatievly a complicated software and requires lot of details, like you
mentioned structuring the WBS. On such projects MSP is easy to handle and
use. I have seen building projects where the management was fixed on using
Primavera, but ultimately finished the project without scheduling with any of
the two software.
Other industries like software industry in any case do not have a
requiremnet to use Primavera.
So, both the software have their own requirement in different types of
projects and no point puttingone down in comparison to the other.
Project Management consultant and trainer
I have been a scheduler for 17 years and have long had to suffer claims
by inexperienced schedulers that MS Project can do whatever Primavera,
Open Plan or Artemis can do. To me, Ms Project is like scheduling in a
spreadsheet. It does not force the user to have a WBS around which to
structure the schedule. Just create 2 activities and indent one and
there you have a WBS in MS Project. In a huge project al lit takes is
for someone to indent or outdent one of the summary bars and the whole
WBS is screwed up.
The problem with MS Project is that because it is cheap anybody who
touches a schedule can have it on their desktop. Companies see that as
an advantage but really it is not. What happens is too many people in an
organization lay claims to being experienced schedulers because they use
MS Project. MS Project merely allows inexperienced schedulers to develop
bad scheduling practices.
MS Project is very weak when it comes to analyzing lots of data. For
example grouping and sorting datga in MS Project is very limited. Also
MS Project does not really have a reporting feature.I have a large
amount of experience in defense and construction and have used Open
Plan, Artemis and Primavera - al lof which in my opinion provide great
scheduling software. I have never bee na fan of Microsoft Project and
would never be my tool of choice
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