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What project management software do you use and what are the pros/cons of it?
I'm looking for recommendations on what software is preferred by PM's to help track projects and determine resource availability for project requests. We are in transition from traditional to agile so I'm wondering if there is anything out there that covers both? Possibly with global collaboration features, but only if the tool is truly useful and not just administrative fluff. Meaningful dashboards for executive sponsors would be a bonus. And of course, with minimal cost.

What do you use? Why do you prefer it and how could it improve?
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We are currently using Innotas as Project and Portfolio management tool. We are in the process of transitioning to Microsoft Project Online with Sharepoint as it gives more power as a collaboration tool. Since we already have Office 365, the transition makes more sense. Microsoft also has Planner as a dashboard tool for documenting User Stories - very similar to Trello.
Before looking at a software, I will recommend to look at optimizing your processes so that you are successful in your Agile transition and software implementation!
Indeed Saby is on the right track, many companies dive into Agile and leave a waterfall minefield in their path.
my organizaiton is using microsoft project sharepoint
Krista -

You'll want to get a handle on the information needs of your key stakeholders first - not just executives, but team members and PMs. Once you understand that, and as Saby has indicated, you've a set of repeatable processes which will feed an information system, you can pick the right tool set.

If using agile approaches, remember that team members are as likely (if not more) to be entering data than the PMs so make sure that usability & performance are high on the list of requirements.

A lot will depend on your budget and availability of resources to support the implementation of the tool post-rollout - they might constrain you to picking a few open source solutions vs. a tier 1 PPM solution.

Ultimately, we're looking at a way to collect, expose, consume information. The solution needs to best fit within the existing architecture and satisfy the requirements of both users and leadership. Since many organizations are existing Microsoft shops, a proven path is MS Project partnered with SharePoint. There are various MS Project versions to select, some with more in the way of aggregating and reporting on information. There are also add-on solutions (templates) for SharePoint to assist with structuring and relieving some of the manual configuration activities.

I currently use MS Project with a configured SP template of my own. It works great and my team and SH appreciate the simple structure and disseminated information.
We are using Microsoft Project,and Sharepoint for document sharing .This enable team members to edit and update project reports, and create systems for communication and transparency.
We are using MS project and Sharepoint for projects information sharing.
MS Project, even the server (EPM) or the standalone, because is easier, friendly and the possibility to feed from MS Excel help a lot to manage Team members not familiar with the Project Management tool !
We use MS Project + Sharepoint but in my previous firm we used SmartSheet. Depending on the number of users and purpose SmartSheet might be more cost effective but on the flip side, if you invest in SharePoint you'll be using it for a number of collaborative solutions (wiki pages, intranet, excel, word, workflows... and the list goes on).
MS Project Online is always a good affordable option for most organizations, however if your processes are really defined and you have all the inputs and outputs especially on the reporting side previously defined then an ERP system such as Oracle would be of great benefit for your organization as you can integrate everything in it (the reporting, the approvals, delegation of authority and so on).
In addition to the above, you can always tailor the ERP system to your needs. It can be integrated with the Finance department as well and thus having a direct impact on your budget figures and actual data for a more accurate analysis.
Bottom line is, there is no thumb rule for the best software, it all depends on the size of your company, the number of users, the size of your projects, the proficiency levels of the users and many other factors.
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