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Resource planning isn’t project management

A resource planning tool revolves around resources, on contrary to a project management tool, which focuses on projects.
Ganttic resource planning user-interface: Non-business days are in grey

If you’re looking for project planning solutions using resource planning methods, Ganttic is made for you. On contrary to popular belief, Ganttic isn’t a project management tool - it is a resource planning tool. The benefits of using the resource planning approach are great. You are essentially extracting the ever-changing variables and planning around them. This simply eliminates unintentional overlapping of tasks and the redundancy of making sure that a resource hasn’t been assigned work in the other projects. Topped with a user-centric interface, the once overwhelming projects’ data becomes easy to handle in Ganttic. The decision of which is more suitable for your business lies in which makes your planning more efficient. A resource planning tool revolves around resources, on contrary to a project management tool, which focuses on projects.

What we mean by:
Resources: Anything you use repeatedly for tasks in projects. Ranging from people and vehicles to equipments and locations.
Tasks: Work that resources need to do to complete a project.
Projects: Made up of tasks, which are carried out by resources.

In layman’s terms:
Susan is baking a cake for the wedding.
Resource: Susan
Task: Bake a cake
Project: Wedding

The limitations of planning around projects include not being able to plan around your resources’ time as efficiently. Many find themselves cross-checking a resource’s availability and work frequency across various projects. It is a time-consuming and redundant step that a resource planning approach easily solves.

To allow flexibility, Ganttic has the project view feature that allows you to view data by project. In just two clicks, you will be able to scroll through all the projects and tasks that you have assigned your resources. It is easy to keep track of how each project is progressing, while maintaining the ability to switch back to a more efficient way to plan across projects.

Ganttic project view interface

All in all, we hope this clarifies the difference between resource planning and project management tools. Ganttic is designed around the user and cater to all needs across industries. If you are looking for a versatile solution for resource planning, try Ganttic for free or request a free personal demo.

Author: Patricia Goh