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I'll soon be knee-deep into a very large project and I'm looking into project management software. I need users opinions on software based (no web based) solutions that are equal or better than MS Project. It can be open source or closed source. Thank you all in advanced for your insight and opinions!

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This isn't a discussion forum. Please rephrase your question to something along the lines of "What are alternatives to project that are feature-competitive" or something of the sort. Words like "better" get questions closed pretty quickly around here. –  MDMarra Mar 9 '10 at 3:13
    
@MarkM: So you understand his question perfectly, but you're going to complain because he didn't phrase it to your liking? That's almost as bad as people who down-vote questions by non-english speakers. –  Ian Boyd Apr 4 '10 at 16:47
    
@Ian Boyd - There is a close description named "subjective and argumentative" just for types of questions like this. I didn't make the rules. I don't downvote non-English speakers, in fact if you look through my history you'll see I edit their questions to correct grammar and spelling so that others can answer them more easily. Bottom line is that when you phrase a question like this there is no correct answer and that is expressly disallowed in the FAQ. Once again, not my rules. If you dislike it, perhaps you can bring it up on Meta and ask Jeff and company to change the rules. –  MDMarra Apr 4 '10 at 18:12
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Here is a comparions of project management software. Most of the certificed project managers I know use Primavera.

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Thank you Mike! –  GuruAbyss Mar 9 '10 at 5:58
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I was paid to attend a Project Management conference a few years back. I went through five days of tutorials and seminars and made still made time to visit every booth. The two consistent messages were:

  1. Half of project management is holding the line against changes in the specification by any means necessary.

  2. Use any tool except Microsoft Project. Microsoft Project is only for exporting graphs to 'upper management'. It tends to develop a false sense of certainty along with many other bad habits.

I recommend any software except Microsoft office.

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What project management tools/methods do you use? And what software do you use to create/implement these tools/methods? I'd prefer not to use MS Project, but I haven't been able to find anything else of decent quality for resource planning, scheduling, and reporting on Windows besides Project 2010. –  Lèse majesté Apr 6 '12 at 21:11
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