My manager (VP Engineering) wants me to provide him with MS Project type tracking for each of the major QA projects underway.
I really dislike Project, and was hoping that someone has experience using a better, more intuitative, alternative.
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I prefer using Niku Open Workbench to MsProject - however do not have a problem with either so this may not really answer your question.
One thing about any scheduling/tracking software is that you need to use for a while and become comfortable - this type of software seems to take longer for people to feel comfortable with than most others.
I worked with both project and the Niku workbench, both seem reasonable enough for me to produce a range of charts managers I have worked have wanted. Like Corklad I have also done this planning in spreadsheets but for me these are not as effective or as manageable as plans for tracking complex or multiple projects electronically. For fuller control including cost burn down reporting then like Lynne where possible I head to a more integrated tool in that way like Niku.
I use Project for Work Breakdown Structure etc, but find it is lousy for actual tracking. It is still based on a perfect waterfall project, with single activity/resource ratios, no re-use, lousy if work halts then restarts etc.
I therefore use EXCEL for the actual detailed tracking.
There were better tools, but they have gone.