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Microsoft PPM Platforms: The Fact And The Fiction

“Decades-old fables about Microsoft Project’s lack of capabilities bear little resemblance to today’s reality.”

We’ve all heard the age-old myths about the moon being made of cheese or fantastic creatures patrolling murky depths or hairy giants haunting the Pacific Northwest. With experience comes the wisdom to recognize which is truth and which isn’t. Yet, some of us do still occasionally fall for a modern myth or urban legend. Just ask anyone who still believes that Elvis has never really “left the building.”

While it’s relatively harmless to believe that The King still rocks or that Nessie is more than just a Highland tall-tale, misplaced faith in other myths can actually impact your organization’s effectiveness. Like the decades-old fables about Microsoft Project’s lack of capabilities that bear little resemblance to today’s reality. A few of these beliefs have grown into full-blown myth status and are actually used to guide decisions that some PMOs make about their PPM processes.

We hosted a webinar to identify — and dispel — a few of the more stubborn myths that continue to circulate about Microsoft PPM platform capabilities. If you missed it, you can view the archive here. despite using current versions of Microsoft Project, a good portion of the webinar attendees maintain beliefs that don’t accurately reflect their own PPM platform’s actual capabilities. These myths have come into existence for a variety of reasons, including bad experiences using older versions, poor implementations, and of course, false claims by other PPM providers. More information about the top 6 myths can be found here.

Some myths are fun to believe in, as an entire cottage industry in Scotland proves. But when preconceptions and bad information start to hold your organization’s PPM processes back, you need to seek out all the facts. Ask questions of anyone that asserts that your PPM capabilities are limited, especially if that person has a vested interest in a particular outcome. Seek out peers who are having success, and learn what makes them effective. Take advantage of educational resources and use them to challenge conventional wisdom and the status quo.

Tell us in the comments which PPM myths your organization has had to overcome, and if you have any evidence about Elvis or Bigfoot, share that as well!