MS 2016

Microsoft Project 2016 launched!

Microsoft Project 2016 is now available. It has retained all the functionality and features of Project 2013, with some added enhancements and new features. Here are some of the top new features in Project 2016.

More flexible timelines

With Project 2016, not only can you leverage multiple timelines to illustrate different phases or categories of work, but you can also set the start and end dates for each timeline separately, to paint a clearer overall picture of the work involved.

Better control over resource scheduling

Some resources have limited availability, and may have their time scheduled by a resource manager. With Project Professional 2016 and Project Online, project managers and resource managers can negotiate an agreement, called a resource engagement, to make sure that resources are being used appropriately and effectively throughout your organization.

When a resource manager sets up the enterprise resource pool in Project Online, they can identify some resources as requiring approval to be assigned to projects. When a project manager decides to use one of these resources on a project, they submit an engagement request with the date range for when the resource is needed, and either a certain percentage of that resource's time during that date range, or a set number of hours during that date range.

The resource manager reviews this request, and can accept it, suggest changes, or reject it. The project manager refreshes the engagement status in the new Resource Plan view in Project Professional 2016 to see the resource manager's response. Once the engagement is finalized, the project manager has the go-ahead to assign that resource to tasks in the project.

Resource engagement is only available in Project Professional 2016 or Project Pro for Office 365, connected to Project Online. Project Standard 2016 version does not include resource engagements.

Do things quickly with Tell Me

A new text box on the ribbon in Project 2016 says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases related to what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You can also choose to get help related to what you're looking for.

New themes for Project

To improve the impact of your reports there are now three Office themes that you can apply to Project 2016: Colorful, Dark Gray, and White. To access these themes, go to File > Options > General, and then click the drop down menu next to Office Theme.

ProjectPro has done some research regarding the pricing for Microsoft Project. The Standard version ranges from R10 649 to R18 000 and the Professional version from R17 999 to R29 000. The volatile R/$ exchange rate is to blame for this, so we recommend you shop around before buying.

ProjectPro offers 2-day and 4-day 2016 courses to bring you up to date with the latest developments. Next courses are Introduction to MSP 2013/2016 on 25-26 January and Advanced MSP 2016 on 27-28 January 2017 in Gauteng.  Register from www.projectpro.co.za  or email training@projectpro.co.za

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