Using MS Project 2010 for Software Development Projects – Work vs. Duration

There is a general misconception that Microsoft Project, or many of the commercially-available project management applications, doesn’t work well for software development projects. When talking with Project Managers and Architects, their trouble usually arises from scheduling and resource leveling. They’ve usually been burned by situations where countless hours have been invested into building out a project plan only to find that a minor change skews the plan into an almost unusable mess. There might be many things going on at the same time, but it usually boils down to an understanding of the difference between Duration and Work.