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Project 2016

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Use the new Project 2016 to organize and keep track of your projects. Profit from flexible features, which make it easy to get started and to work efficiently and productively. Create sound reports about project progress and forward project details efficiently to your team and anyone else involved in the project. Project 2016 has all the features you already know for easy project management plus several improvements and new features.

Project 2016 significantly improves Resource Management and Resource Capacity Planning. Supporting these key capabilities are enhancements such as new Resource Engagements (only Professional edition), a brand new experience for resource managers, and Capacity heat maps.

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What’s new in Project 2016

This release includes significant updates to Project Professional, Project Pro for Office 365/2016 and Project Online. Project 2016 delivers on some of the most requested capabilities: Resource Management and Resource Capacity Planning. Supporting these key capabilities are enhancements such as new Resource Engagements, a brand new experience for resource managers, and Capacity heat maps. Project 2016 now provides an end-to-end experience for managing and optimising your resource utilisation.

In addition to resource management, there is a host of improvements and new features to help you be more productive with Project, such as improved timelines, Tell Me integration and full support for Office add-ins.

Resource Engagements

For project managers, securing resources to ensure your project is properly staffed has always been a challenge. With Project 2016, it’s now possible to systematically request a resource, and once approved, lock that resource to guarantee it’s available.

Creating an engagement and submitting it for approval sets off a simple workflow that enables the resource manager to approve or reject the request.

The project manager will always have an up-to-date view of the status of their requests from within Project Professional 2016 or Project Pro for Office 365 and Office 2016. Once a locked resource is assigned to a project for a duration of time, managers of other projects will get notified if they try to overbook a resource.

The Resource Manager Experience

The resource manager (or line manager) is a people manager who may not want to use the full Project client. To allow the resource manager to collaborate with the project manager, Project Online now has an area for the resource manager to view and approve or reject all proposed resource contracts. In addition, the new resource views allow the manager to understand the capacity utilisation of their resources at a quick glance.

Resource Capacity heat maps

Ensuring that the resources are well utilized and productive is a key strategic need for any company. Project 2016 introduces the Capacity heat maps and a brand new set of intuitive reports to enable at-a-glance visualisation of resource utilisation. Both under- and over-utilisation of resources can be problematic, and both can be seen quickly with the new heat map.

Timelines

Communicating the project schedule is a critical part of any project manager’s job. But for many audiences, a Gantt chart isn’t the best way to visualize the schedule. More than ever, a timeline is the best way to communicate how a project’s lifecycle lays out. With this in mind, Microsoft has overhauled the Timeline feature to include multiple timelines, each with different start and end dates, representing a user-defined set of tasks and milestones.

Enjoy the new Project by getting your copy from us today!