Excel-based PM-Tool also for certified Project-Managers (IPMA)

Bewertet am 29.5.2019
Wolfgang K.
Senior Project-Manager
Informationstechnologie & -dienste, 2-10 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
4/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: With "Next-Project" you can standardize the Project-Documentation on a high level without being over-sophisticated. Currently mainly used for single-projects.

Vorteile: * Easy to learn
* very good and comprehensive operating manual
* based on IPMA-approach with all neccessary details within the PM-Process
* good integration of MS-Project-Plans etc.
* good for presentations also for Stakeholders and Project-Owners
* "professional" approach is visible

Nachteile: * some detail-reports need to be optimized (Action-Item-List) - currently I use a separate tool
* PSP-Printing needs to be optimized

Single projects management with support for multiproject environment

Bewertet am 3.7.2019
Thomas D.
Project Manager
Verteidigung & Raumfahrt, 13-50 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: I am using next project from the proposal phase toward supporting project controlling with actual and current entries on monthly basis, such as providing updated estimates for total at completion and occasionally re-distributing / re-allocating work package contents over project phases if needed.

Vorteile: I use next project on a single PC, no network. The project handbook (PHB) file is stored on a backup server. It is very compact and the Excel style for data entries provides a clear & comprehensive structure with all essentials covered for successfully set-up and carry out a project. This supports all essential initial steps when creating a project structure including underlying cost for a proposal and allows for seemless re-use in the operaitonal project phase until the project close-down feature allowing for a proper tidy-up sequence, including lessons learnt. Features can be simply enabled or switched on a configuration TAB to "hide" mode, depending on the size of a project. Therefore each PHB carries the specific amount of information most useful for a given project. Some features support project life especially for long project durations of a couple of years., such as for instance the "change request" TAB: even without a formal CR process in place, it is a useful logbook, thus provides a comprehensive trace of the most important adaptations made. The feature to import multiple projects into one PHB is a very useful feature to obtain a multi-project overview on milestones and, most important, resources allocations over time, valuable for multiproject decision making.

Nachteile: The very flexible feature to assign custom resources in Admin mode and how to find them back when customizing the "Data" sheet was not so easy to understand in the very beginning, it requires some learning by doing, then works well. Similar experience with entering holidays in PERT over a longer period of several years.

Singleproject management as a basis for multiproject managment in a matrix organisation.

Bewertet am 23.4.2019
Christoph D.
Ressource-Manager
Non-Profit-Organisation Management, 51-200 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
4/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
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Kommentare: Before we implemented this tool, we had to use several individual tools, meaning different ways of documentation, which made it very time-consuming and exhausting.
Now we are able to handle more or less about 100 to 120 small to large projects at the same time. All of this projects have a similar documentation. Also for non-teammembers (Poolmanager) it is possible to quickly get a good project overview, because of a uniform method design. The "Next Project" works perfect (related to our requirements) in singleproject use (very helpful for Projectmanager and Teammembers). Within our Company we use the singleproject as datacollection tool for our multiproject management, for example Pool-Ressourcemanagement and other helpful management information.

Vorteile: "Next Project" is really easy to learn and to handle, because it is based on MS Excel. All necessary PM-methods are available. „Next Project“ used as a basis, makes multiproject management easy.

Nachteile: Because of the memory space required (depending on the amount of data entered), a good IT environment is recommended.

Very complete Excel-based PM-Tool

Bewertet am 29.5.2019
Michiel V.
Head of Business Change
Finanzdienstleistungen, 201-500 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 1 Jahr
Quelle des Nutzers 
4/5
Gesamt
3/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
4/5
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Kommentare: The tool has much helped us run projects in a much more structured and successful way

Vorteile: Excel-based and very complete (yet customisable) set of functionalities

Nachteile: Might take some time to get used to, especially when aiming to use the full set of functionalities that is available

intuitive and self-explanatory für project-managers

Bewertet am 13.6.2019
Herbert A.
Division Manager EI&C
Maschinenbau oder Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen, 501-1.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Kostenlose Testversion
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: I used this tool for calculating and managing projects in nearly every range. Only projects which needs complex time-schedule-planning (which is done in our company by Primavera) are done with an own-developed software. success = acceptance x quality
The biggest advantage of this tool is the Excel-base. Everybody in our company is able to work with Excel. So it is very easy to start; you need just an explaination for the functions and not how to handle the surface. This results in a very high acceptance and due to the high quality of this tool, we get a lot of success!

Vorteile: I like the most, that everything, what you learn in term of project management is included in one tool. If you know, what to do in a project, than you are able to do this very intuitive with this "simple", but very powerful Excel-tool.

Nachteile: Sometimes I forget to push the refresh-buttons when I change from the data-sheet to other sheets. But I think it is better to refresh it manually than to do it automatically, because it would cause unused time for waiting.

everything in one place

Bewertet am 2.6.2019
Felix K.
Owner
Medienproduktion, 2-10 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: I use it as project manager in customer projects as management and documentation tool. My customers appreciate the transparency.

Vorteile: - it`s just excel - no installation - easy to use for everybody
- all project management data in one file
- complete collection of project plans
- export/ import functions (e.g. export work packages for each team member and import project progress)
- good customer support

Nachteile: - handling of project changes
- unlicensed users have limited view functions

Highly flexible, practice-oriented project portfolio management software

Bewertet am 9.5.2019
Reinhard P.
Corporate Development
Öl & Energie, 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
4/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
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Kommentare: Since 2004 we trust the project and project portfolio management know-how of next level consulting. As for the software support, we have been using the project portfolio management solution since 2004, and in 2014, after evaluating other applications, we switched to the database-based next portfolio. next portfolio perfectly supports our requirements for project portfolio management.

Vorteile: Project information can be uploaded and retrieved directly from our project managers to the database, providing up-to-date project information at all times. The high flexibility with regard to field expandability should also be mentioned.

Nachteile: The software must be used regularly to keep the handling familiar. However, this is generally the case for special applications, so that this can not really be considered a disadvantage.

Easy to use tool

Bewertet am 9.7.2019
Matthias H.
Export Manager
Konsumgüter, 51-200 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: 6-12 Monate
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
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Vorteile: It is very easy to navigate through the tool and it has all the features you really need for successful project management. Regular updates provide meaningful enhancements. What I like best is the new PowerPoint export function. With just one mouse click you’ll receive an impressive presentation for relevant stakeholders.

Nachteile: Company-specific project terms cannot be adapted in the standard version. Adjustments are possible but subject to a charge.

easy handling with great added value

Bewertet am 25.6.2019
Herwig K.
Head of Project Management
Transport/Güterfrachtverkehr/Schienenverkehr, 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
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Kommentare: excellent

Vorteile: the easy to operate and the resulting red thread

Nachteile: excel is used as standard in the company

General

Bewertet am 10.7.2019
Peter J.
Senior VP
Unternehmensberatung, 201-500 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 2 Jahre
Quelle des Nutzers 
4/5
Gesamt
4/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
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Kommentare: Tool to steer and control project work

Vorteile: Easyness of implementation
Readiness for our way to do projects

Nachteile: EN language version not thouroghly implemented

It's really a great tool!

Bewertet am 11.9.2019
David S.
Student
Bildungsmanagement, Selbstständig
Verwendete die Software für: Kostenlose Testversion
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
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Kommentare: I was referred to next project light by a colleague during my studies. With our first very small project I was already very enthusiastic, because you have a very good overview in the tool and also the data transfer into the individual sheets works very simply. In addition, I find the graphical preparation of the project structure plan very successful. We are now using this tool for a somewhat larger project and my colleagues are also enthusiastic.
I can really recommend the tool and am also considering getting the paid version for the next larger project.

Vorteile: easy handling, simple project structure plan, simple overview

Nachteile: So far i couldn't see any negative sides to this tool.

Very useful and easy to use Project Management Software

Bewertet am 24.4.2019
Dominik K.
SAP ERP Project Manager
Versicherung, 5.001-10.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: 1-5 Monate
Quelle des Nutzers 
4/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
5/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
4/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Vorteile: I have been using free software next project light since 2013 and finally decided to upgrade to the full version. next project is a easy to use project management software tool which is based on MS Excel covering the most important PM instruments and supports throughout all project management phases.

Nachteile: Agile features are missing in the base version and needs to licensed separately.

Great software for easy & structured project management

Bewertet am 26.4.2019
Georg L.
IT-Manager
Staatsverwaltung, 51-200 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: Mehr als 1 Jahr
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
3/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
4/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: Perfect solution for well structured project management!

Vorteile: next project uses/supports pma-standards, but has done some adjustments for better practical use

Nachteile: you have to get used to it, first use is for some users irritating

Easy to use PM Tool

Bewertet am 25.4.2019
Christoph I.
Projectmanager
Transport/Güterfrachtverkehr/Schienenverkehr, 1.001-5.000 Mitarbeiter
Verwendete die Software für: 6-12 Monate
Quelle des Nutzers 
5/5
Gesamt
5/5
Benutzerfreundlichkeit
4/5
Eigenschaften & Funktionalitäten
5/5
Kundenbetreuung
5/5
Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis
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Kommentare: PM documentation for large infrastructure projects

Vorteile: Very easy to use PM-Tool which follows the PM guidelines like the ones from IPMA. When you are familiar with MS-Excel- you don't have to be a pro though- you can get down to the PM Basics without studying vast amounts of manuals.

Nachteile: Limits for the PSP and printing different views of large PSP's