I received certification in MS Project 2010 when the beta exam was offered. So I feel like I’ve earned the right to criticize the latest version for the increased ease with which it allows us to use it like a glorified spreadsheet right out of the box! In the name of “user-controlled” and “flexible” scheduling, we can now neglect to teach users the best way to exercise control–by deliberately analyzing and setting up relationships among tasks. It’s like downhill skiing by planting your poles firmly in the snow every inch or so–doesn’t sound very “flexible” to me. Why not just save our money and use Excel? And “top-down” summary tasks?? How in the world will I explain to my students that “summary tasks” aren’t really tasks at all? But I digress . . .
Now for the faves: I have come to love a few of the handy features the latest version offers. First is the ribbon, which makes the entire 2007 suite of Office products more intuitive. And I’ve always wanted to be able to wrap individual columns–with 2010 I can set it to do that! And hooray for Task Inspector! Finally we can find to the problems we create with ease, and Team Planner allows us to fix resource overallocation relatively easily. before they get completely out of hand. The Timeline view is pretty sweet too.
I saved the faves for last because, say what I will, MS Project is here to stay, and my company is moving up to 2010 soon. In the hands of an experienced user, it’s still the most powerful scheduling tool out there!