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Ms Project usage in plant
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Hi,
In my organization no one uses MS project for planning. Actually no one bothers much more on planning.
And our unit head is insisting on planning should be done in much more detail. MS project software does cost some amount of money so how to convince Head to spend that much money on software.

Our company is manufacturing there is a one big project going on and there are many improvement project are also need to be planned.
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Develop a rough business case like you would for initiating a project.

You can create plans in many different types of tools for which you may already have licenses, such as PowerPoint and Excel. Once you start putting a lot of detail into a schedule, using those tools can be very time consuming to use for schedule management which can quickly justify the cost of a Project license.

Another feature is that it is scaleable. Some schedule tools like Milestones or using PowerPoint to draw a schedule, are based on a fixed page size. Once you start exceeding the format boundaries, you spend more time on graphics arts than on project management if you want a legible, and useful schedule.
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You do not necessarily need MS-Project for planning. You may do it by Excel. The most important thing is to have a plan.
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Keyulkumar -

There are some open source scheduling tools available and as Abolfazl has indicated, MS Excel could be an option if developing a CPM-based schedule is not needed, but it comes down to the value of the features you will get.

Kiron
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There are also open source (GPL3) alternative to MS Project like GanttProject.
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Agree with looking into using an alternative tool to MS Project. That's a good product but it can have a learning curve to it. One of the most user friendly, low cost systems I used in the past was from projectmanagement.com. It is reasonably compatible to some of the more expensive systems I have worked with. Just in case - I do not work for them - I just used the software and think it's a good product.
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I've also used ProjectLibre, which is compatible with Microsoft Project. It's pretty good and could be a starting point that could at least get planning underway.
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Thank you all for your reply. I will definitely loo for some alternatives.
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In addition to the insightful comments from peers, bear in mind that an off-line MS Project is not that expensive, and could be considered in case that selected users are chosen. Ideally, an MS Project Online would be advantageous, and specially recommended for larg(er) organizations. Office Online allows to pay per month, thus could be a good solution to try out and cancel if it does not fit the intended requirements.
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May 09, 2019 5:20 PM
Stéphane Parent
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I guess your idea of "not that expensive" is different than mine, Eduard.

You have to rule out Project Online Essentials (CAD $ 9 per month) because it is insufficient for professional usage. At the very least you need Project Online Professional (CAD $ 38.40 per month). For a small enterprise (1-5 employees) like mine, $ 460.80 a year is a good chunk of change.

If you want the full package, with reports and analytics, you have to shell out CAD $ 70.40 per month!
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May 09, 2019 8:21 AM
Replying to Eduard Hernandez
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In addition to the insightful comments from peers, bear in mind that an off-line MS Project is not that expensive, and could be considered in case that selected users are chosen. Ideally, an MS Project Online would be advantageous, and specially recommended for larg(er) organizations. Office Online allows to pay per month, thus could be a good solution to try out and cancel if it does not fit the intended requirements.
I guess your idea of "not that expensive" is different than mine, Eduard.

You have to rule out Project Online Essentials (CAD $ 9 per month) because it is insufficient for professional usage. At the very least you need Project Online Professional (CAD $ 38.40 per month). For a small enterprise (1-5 employees) like mine, $ 460.80 a year is a good chunk of change.

If you want the full package, with reports and analytics, you have to shell out CAD $ 70.40 per month!
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The problem with your statement is to think that planning is about to get something into MS Project (sorry if I missunderstood). MS Project will help to scheduling but it is too far to help on project planning. Remember that a plan is a document where scheduling is one of the components if you decide to have an schedule.
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