Project Management

Survey shows project managers want enhanced software

Our recent informal survey of TechRepublic members revealed that most project managers use Microsoft Project as a supplement to their day-to-day management of projects.


Gartner estimates that more than 80 percent of IS-related projects are late, over budget, lacking in functionality, or never delivered.

Those aren’t very encouraging statistics. As a means to keep projects on track and on time, Gartner recommends using time-tracking software for larger projects, multi-project environments, and geographically dispersed project teams.

We wanted to find out from our readers which project management software packages they’re using, as well as how they’re being used. Our recent informal survey on project management software garnered replies from more than 130 respondents. We learned that Microsoft Project is the runaway favorite, but we also discovered that project managers rely on more than just a software package to track progress. Here are the results.

Are you satisfied with the project management software you currently use?
  • Yes—35 percent
  • No—14 percent
  • Somewhat—51 percent

Surprisingly, more than half of respondents said they’re not completely satisfied with their project management software.

How do you use project management software?
  • As a strict course of action for completing a project—30 percent
  • As a supplement to my day-to-day management of a project—70 percent

Project managers rely more on their own skills than their software to complete a project.

How much are you willing to spend on a project management software package?
  • Up to $1,000 per user—10 percent
  • Between $300 and $600 per user—53 percent
  • Less than $300 per user—37 percent

Which of the following project management software packages do you currently use?
  • Microsoft Project—86 percent
  • Other—14 percent

Microsoft Project is the top choice in project management software among respondents. The other choices we gave—TurboProject, SureTrak, and SuperProject—made up less than one percent of the results.

If you answered "Microsoft Project," will you upgrade to Project 2000 within the next year?
  • Yes—54 percent
  • No—27 percent
  • I've already upgraded—19 percent

Though the majority of Microsoft users aren’t totally satisfied with Project, they’re willing to spend more money for the latest version of the package.
Should project managers settle for Microsoft Project or look for another software package if they’re not satisfied with it? Post a comment below or send us a note.
Gartner estimates that more than 80 percent of IS-related projects are late, over budget, lacking in functionality, or never delivered.

Those aren’t very encouraging statistics. As a means to keep projects on track and on time, Gartner recommends using time-tracking software for larger projects, multi-project environments, and geographically dispersed project teams.

We wanted to find out from our readers which project management software packages they’re using, as well as how they’re being used. Our recent informal survey on project management software garnered replies from more than 130 respondents. We learned that Microsoft Project is the runaway favorite, but we also discovered that project managers rely on more than just a software package to track progress. Here are the results.

Are you satisfied with the project management software you currently use?
  • Yes—35 percent
  • No—14 percent
  • Somewhat—51 percent

Surprisingly, more than half of respondents said they’re not completely satisfied with their project management software.

How do you use project management software?
  • As a strict course of action for completing a project—30 percent
  • As a supplement to my day-to-day management of a project—70 percent

Project managers rely more on their own skills than their software to complete a project.

How much are you willing to spend on a project management software package?
  • Up to $1,000 per user—10 percent
  • Between $300 and $600 per user—53 percent
  • Less than $300 per user—37 percent

Which of the following project management software packages do you currently use?
  • Microsoft Project—86 percent
  • Other—14 percent

Microsoft Project is the top choice in project management software among respondents. The other choices we gave—TurboProject, SureTrak, and SuperProject—made up less than one percent of the results.

If you answered "Microsoft Project," will you upgrade to Project 2000 within the next year?
  • Yes—54 percent
  • No—27 percent
  • I've already upgraded—19 percent

Though the majority of Microsoft users aren’t totally satisfied with Project, they’re willing to spend more money for the latest version of the package.
Should project managers settle for Microsoft Project or look for another software package if they’re not satisfied with it? Post a comment below or send us a note.

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