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Resource Planning Tool for Creative Teams

Categories: Software Reviews, Resource Planning, Management Tips
Although there are many different teams that use Ganttic, a number of the plans made in Ganttic are for something creative since they often need a flexible tool for project portfolio management. Whether it’s a mobile solution, web page, an event, an animation or a commercial - Ganttic is happy to be a part of the process that helps those creative minds come together. Here's an overview how creative teams use Ganttc and the result of resources planned well.

Resource Planning: 6 Ways Ineffective Resource Planning Is Affecting Your Project

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
There are many steps to creating the perfect project plan. One of which is definitely scheduling resources. Taking resource planning lightly and just dragging and dropping tasks in the resource management tool without actually thinking about it too much, can lead to numerous problems. Since you probably don't want a team that feels undervalued and is overworked to be working on a project that is behind schedule and over budget, you shouldn't be underestimating what resource planning with a good resource planning tool might do for you.

Scheduling Resources: Matching Tasks with Resources' Skills

Categories: Task Scheduling, Resource Planning
As we have discussed before, finding and assigning the right resource to the task you have is one of the crucial elements in resource planning. A right resource doesn’t mean a free resource. Right resource means that the resource actually has the right skill set for the task. Taking the time to find the perfect resource and task match will lead you to a more satisfied team. And a team that is happy, is a team that delivers. 

Getting Started With Resource Planning

Categories: Resource Planning
Welcome to the starting point of your resource planning journey. We couldn’t be any prouder of you. Whether you started with planning resources with spreadsheets, some other resource planning software or you are a total newbie, we know that starting with anything new can be tricky. That’s why we are here for you.

Resource Planning Software: Why Managers Choose Ganttic

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management, Management Tips
There are hundreds of Gantt chart resource planning tools out there. We are sure that whatever your need are - you’ll find a software that will meet them. Ganttic isn’t right for everyone. There isn’t a tool in the project management or resource planning scenery that would be right for everyone. Nevertheless, Ganttic might just be the one for you. Our happy customers have had their say in what they like about our resource scheduling tool. Of all of the features mentioned, we drew up a list with top 10 reasons that have lead to managers choosing Ganttic for resource planning. 

Why Large Employers Should Use Resource Planning Software: Santa's Case

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
Since it’s that magical time of the year, we thought we'd go over our favorite employer, Santa Claus. We came up with 5 reasons it seems like he, as a large employer, should be using resource planning software. However, since Santa has been keeping his business pretty secretive, it's all based on assumptions. 

How to Plan a Bearable Thanksgiving Dinner Using Resource Planning Software

Categories: Resource Planning
The holidays are ahead of us, which means you are going to have a long weekend with your family at home. Since that can be a little bit too much as it always is, we are going to get you through it using a language you can understand. We are going to teach you how to plan the perfect (or a bearable) Thanksgiving dinner using resource planning software. That way you know when to keep away from the kitchen, and at what time your aunt and your dad will argue about the freshly elected president.

How to Estimate Task Duration When Planning Resources

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
Estimating tasks’ duration can be a huge factor when estimating projects’ course. Tasks are essentially what make a project what it is. So if you are estimating how long a project might take to complete, estimating tasks' length might be the right place to start.

Why to Use Resource Planning Software

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
That may seem strange, but even the trip to the store and managing of a great corporation have something in common. Every business has a goal, and achieving this goal requires certain resources: time, money, people, and their specific tasks. Controlling the resources is a crucial aspect for your success. And some specialized software can really help.

How To Choose The Right Gantt Chart Software For Resource Planning

Categories: Resource Planning
If you came across this article, you are probably on the lookout for a Gantt chart software. Since it’s going to be a long ride for you I’m going to start with a fun fact. Gantt charts weren’t actually invented by Henry Gantt but a polish man named Karol Adamiecki. They are called what the are today because Gantt made them famous in western countries. I personally am quite sad about it. I think it would be extremely fun calling the Adamiecki's charts or Karol’s charts. But anyway - back to the point. Gantt chart tools. And how to pick the right one for your needs.             Karol Adamiecki                         Henry Gantt Firstly, I think it would be wise to go over what a Gantt chart is. In addition to the fact that it was invented by a dude named Karol, it’s a little magic maker for planning. Actually - you will be the magic maker when you are using it. If I would have to be as brief as possible, I would say that Gantt charts are bar charts you can use for tracking scheduling, reporting or budgeting. Gantt charts are usually really straightforward and self-explanatory. Setting up your plans might be a bit tricky in the beginning, but once you get used to them, and have all your planning preferences set, they will make your life easier. Although planning might be tricky at first, there’s nothing complicated in understanding the plans made with a Gantt chart tool. Which means it takes a bit more effort for you as a project manager but is a no brainer for your team.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Filtering

Categories: Resource Planning
The longer you use Ganttic, the more data you will accumulate in your planner. The lists of your resources, views, reports, projects, and tasks fill up as the days go by. Ganttic’s aim is to promote efficiency and allow you to achieve what you want in the shortest time possible. With Ganttic’s Filters feature, you can find a needle in the haystack.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Archiving and Dearchiving

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
Once a project is completed, documents are cleared away into files and put into boxes in the store room. This ensures that the successful or finished project details are within reach for any future references. Moreover, completed projects don’t end up piling up and cluttering your workspace. The same could be said with Ganttic. The archiving feature allows users to ‘store away’ projects that are no longer active or needed to be used frequently.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Reports

Categories: Resource Planning
For the times when it’s time to stop planning and start doing, reports are generated and brought out on the table. It could be for archive filing purposes, for presenting to a board of investors, for briefing your team or informing the finance department to issue out paycheques according to the hours that your team has worked.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Users

Categories: Resource Planning
When it comes to collaboration and teamwork, your planner’s accessibility could make or break your plans. In Ganttic, it goes beyond providing access to users. What Ganttic also offers is the chance to customise each user’s default view, their reach and rights to view, edit or add each resource. For example, you can let your intern view and add his or her resource row only, while letting your staff view, edit and add all resources for management purposes.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Custom Data Fields

Categories: Resource Planning
Custom data field is a core feature of Ganttic's. It is applicable for resources, tasks and projects. This gives you great flexibility to customise your plan inside out. It is also a feature that requires basic scheduling set-up to be available. Once you have created a resource, a task or a project, you will automatically have the ability to dive in further and give your data the customisation it needs.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Capacity Utilisation

Categories: Resource Planning
One of the major issues that managers and corporations face is not having a clear idea of how much their staffs are working. Are you overworking them? Are they mostly unoccupied? Keeping track of your resource capacity utilisation percentage will allow you allocate your tasks with balance. This post will explain how Ganttic’s utilisation feature works and the best methods to use it.

Resource Planning Best Practices: Resource Grouping

Categories: Resource Planning
One of Ganttic’s most celebrated features is resource grouping. Resource grouping is just as its name suggests - grouping resources. When you have a list of staff, equipments or vehicles to schedule, it can get quite complex when you need to scroll through all the names just to locate a particular resource. It wastes even more time when you are trying to locate a group of resources that is scattered across the list.

Resource Planning Can Change What Employees Are Saying About Work (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
A. A. Milne once said, “Organising is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” This fundamental and foolproof method of working is not unheard of but it’s easier said than done. It seems that while majority of the workforce follow this rule, there is still a significant portion of issues that are reflected in statistics.

How to Use Resource Planning to Transform Human Resources (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
The Expectations of Human ResourcesThe human resources department has the priorities of all employees and the company at heart. Of various responsibilities, human resources leaders are known to have a clear understanding of the ins and outs of a company, ensure that all employees have the right balance of workload and that employees have the right skills for the job. However, research shows that regardless of job titles, 71% of employees manage projects and 50% of these employees do not have the term ‘project management’ as part of their job title or job description.

6 Steps To Define Your Resource Planning Strategy (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning
This infographic shows important project failure statistics. 75% of IT project leaders believe their projects are “doomed from the start”. 70% of companies report having at least one failed project in the last year. 64% of projects meet their goals. Before we go on, it’s important to know that there is absolutely no reason to put in millions of dollars just to end up a failing project. With proper tools for resource planning and project planning, you can eliminate the 17% of large IT projects going so badly that they threaten the existence of the company.

Top Limitations of Using Spreadsheets for Resource Planning (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning
It is important to change up the obsolete to a current solution if managers are serious about avoiding project failure at all cost. In resource planning, many have used spreadsheets to manage resources and plan projects, but is that the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to do it in this era?

4 Huge Problems That a Resource Planning Tool Solves (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning
For the communication, ease-of-use, integrations and accessibilities, you are not only taking better care of your business but also taking better care of your employees. The best part is that it doesn’t stop here, with the constant development of technology, you are looking at more and more issues being addressed by your trusted resource planner.

Is Resource Planning Only Useful for Big Companies? (Infographic)

Categories: Resource Planning
Tying in to the project success rates in small and large projects, we will answer the following questions in this post: What is resource planning? Why is resource planning useful? Why do big companies plan their resources? Do small companies need to resource management too? What’s the best resource management software that is free? 

Solving Multi-PM Limitations With Resource Planning

Categories: Resource Planning
PMHut graciously published our article on solving multi-PM limitations with resource planning. It can be seen on the homepage today! 

3 Things to Expect From a User-Friendly Resource Planning Software

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
As UX (user experience) design progresses, web designers and web developers’ responsibilities extend to planning, testing and making sure that what they built are user-friendly and can be easily predicted, understood and used by their target users. 

Resource Planning for Creative Agencies

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Faced with cash and accounting, client management, administration and time constraints, juggling daily operational tasks have proved to be time-consuming.

Resource Planning Isn’t Project Management

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
A resource planning tool revolves around resources, on contrary to a project management tool, which focuses on projects.

What to Do When Resource Planning Get's Overwhelming

Categories: Resource Planning
Resource planning is overwhelming, we get it.

Resourcing Doesn’t Need to Be Difficult

Categories: Resource Planning
Always finding yourself buried under stacks of resource data waiting to be sorted, planned and scheduled? Read on.

Spreadsheets vs Resource Planning Software

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Aren’t we all glad that spreadsheets were invented? What would work be like if producers, managers or CEOs had to plan and schedule resources on paper! 

Free Gantt chart? Yes!

Categories: Resource Planning
We often get asked, what's the cheapest plan you have to offer. Our cheapest plan costs nothing.

Project Plan vs Resource Plan

Categories: Resource Planning
Traditional project planning techniques have been around for a while and in many cases they still work fine. Still not all organisations having project based operations don't use them. Why?

Scheduling Elves: The Best Practices

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Scheduling resources is an important task and mustn’t, under any circumstance, be taken lightly. Scheduling elves is just as important.

The 1 Reason Project Management Is In Fact Resource Management

Categories: Resource Planning
At one point I strongly believed the focus of Ganttic should be focused on ‘project’ management, rather than ‘resource’ management. I was wrong.

How to Plan Your Production Lines Efficiently

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
I’m going to show you how to utilize your production lines (or any other resource) to the max by using the features already available in Ganttic. Naturally, I’m talking about the utilization feature.

Scheduling Tools: How to Schedule Office Staff?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
If you need to schedule office staff, it’s easy if you have done it before or you have a scheduling template to guide you. Starting from scratch, however, can be a bit tricky.

Simple, High Efficiency Planning

Categories: Resource Planning
As we’ve pointed out in our previous posts, planning and managing resources is common sense, but then there are several different approaches to do it.

The Must-Have Features in Resource Management

Categories: Resource Planning
When choosing a tool to manage your resources, it’s important to keep in mind a few things before making a final choice.

Truck Fleet and Mileage Tracking - No Problem!

Categories: Resource Planning
Are you a person who’s responsible for keeping an eye on work processes? Making sure deliveries are met on time, nothing is double booked and the organization runs like a clockwork? If so, here’s something for you.

Staff Tracking

Categories: Resource Planning
When people talk about resources, resource management and resource allocation, they often talk about machinery, equipment and management of inanimate objects. In fact, people can be resources too.

Planners Engagement & Instant Feedback

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Planning is easy when you know what you’re doing and it does help a lot to know what the ‘bigger picture’ is. Many tools, however, do not offer this.

Why Scheduling of Human Resources Should be Done Online?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
It’s quite common to think, that everything is nowadays done online, even though there are still people who do not trust the ‘online’. If you’re one of these people, here’s something for you.

Resource Planning for Event Managers?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
If you are an event manager you probably see yourself as more of a project manager, not a resource planner, right? Let me prove you wrong.

Plan Your Team’s Annual Leave in Just Half an Hour or Less

Categories: Resource Planning
When planning a vacation for yourself or any of your team member and using a digital application to do so, one should take into consideration these five things in order to get things done effortlessly: accessibility, collaboration, scaling, the possibility to modify existing data and comfort.

Does Your Business Need Resource Planning?

Categories: Resource Planning
Proper resource planning and scheduling can save your business a big amount of money and time. Starting with it does not require thousands of dollars neither weeks of complicated software implementation.

Project Management or Resource Planning?

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
Most companies manage projects one way or another. For some it might be their main activity, for others an occasional thing.

Tools or People vs Tools and People

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
I read an article* recently and that got me thinking about the role various resource management softwares and other tools play in modern day businesses and the lives of its employees.

Why Can't ERP Systems Tackle the Planning?

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning
Most business owners consider ERP systems to be worth a lot.  After all, these systems can manage all of your information and make sure that everyone in your organization has access to it!  These systems are designed to make your life a whole lot easier, because they can completely streamline your work day.

Make Data Entry Quicker by Assigning a Task to Multiple Resources

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning
Hundreds of users benefit from Ganttic's easy drag&drop task management. Now we have added a feature which makes task entry and later editing even faster. 

Why Does Your Resource Management Have to Go Mobile?

Categories: Resource Planning
It’s estimated that, by 2013, more than 11 million people will use their smartphones and tablets to manage their business assets remotely.  Specifically, they’ll use some kind of special mobile resource management app. Here's why you should join them...

Why do Emergencies Create a Bigger Need for Resource Management?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Nobody likes an emergency situation. Whether you’re dealing with the aftermath of a hurricane, tornado, fire, flood, or some other major disaster, you’ve got to be able to kick your resource management plans into high-gear. But why is resource management so crucial during these emergency periods?

Why Use Ganttic for Your Resource Management?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
OK, so you’ve figured out that resource management is important.  But why is Ganttic’s software the right solution for your resource management responsibilities? Because when you work with Ganttic, you:

3 Tips For Better Resource Planning

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
The end result of your project is only as good as the planning that goes into it. That’s why any organization can benefit from these 3 resource planning tips:

Why is Resource Management So Critical in Emergency Situations?

Categories: Resource Planning
Even though you don’t like to think of the worst-case scenario, you have to.  After all, the way you respond to emergencies that affect your company can have long-lasting effects!

Resource Planning and Non-Profit Organizations

Categories: Resource Planning
Unfortunately, all non-profit organizations lack two very important things -- money and time.  You don't have the money to hire extra people, to foot the bills when things go past the scheduled completed date, or to deal with surprises.  You also don't have time to waste.  After all, the more time you lose, the less good you can do!

Just What is Resource Management Anyway?

Categories: Resource Planning
When you're in the business world, you hear all kinds of fancy terms getting thrown around.  However, "resource management" isn't just something that entrepreneurial-types say to make themselves sound smart at cocktail parties.  This term actually has a big impact on how your business functions and whether or not it succeeds.

How Does Resource Scheduling Affect Your Project Planning?

Categories: Resource Planning, Management Tips
Resource scheduling can work with any kind of project -- whether you're building a giant commercial retail complex or planning a small awards banquet.

3 Resource Management Questions You've Got to Get Answered

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning
The best-laid plans might not actually BE the best plans when you take them into the trenches.  As your project moves along, you've got to assess your plans and make sure they don't need any tweaking.

Visual Resource Planning with Gantt Charts

Categories: Resource Planning
 Some of us are visual by nature and some of us need to hear things in order to really retain information. However, in the world of project management, visual usually wins out. Charts, graphs, reports, percentages, and presentation slides abound everywhere you look and every meeting you attend. And status reporting and meetings…. Well, there are resource usage reports that highlight areas where your resources are overextended.

How Can Your Project Management Benefit From Visual Planning?

Categories: Project Portfolio Management, Resource Planning
Visual planning software is easy to set up on your entire network, so all of your employees will know exactly what's going on.  More importantly, they'll be able to see that you're looking out for them -- both in terms of time and responsibilities...

Seeing the Big Picture with Resource Scheduling Software

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning
Being able to see the big picture (your resources, projects, team, etc) with the touch of a button… It doesn't get any more practical than that for your business...

Does Your Scheduling Software Boost Your Company Morale?

Categories: Task Scheduling, Resource Planning, Management Tips
Managing your employees means doing a whole lot more than just hiring people and writing them a paycheck every couple of weeks.  If you want to be an effective manager, you have to be able to motivate people.  You have to have compassion.  You have to understand that your employees aren't robots.  They have families, hobbies, and needs that you have to think about.

How Does Resource Planning Help Your Project Management?

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
"Resource planning"… It sounds so fancy.  But, honestly, it's a simple concept to understand -- and it's absolutely vital for your business. 

Resource Management - Are You Making the Most Out of your Resources?

Categories: Resource Planning
Poor resource management takes more time and money away from your projects than you might think...

What is Resource Management?

Categories: Resource Planning
Let's make it really short: resource management is the process of using a organizations resources in the most efficient way possible.

Project Scheduling

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
 This is a guest post from Brad Egeland - IT/PM & Business Strategy Consultant & professional PM & Technology author ( www.bradegeland.com )Simple project scheduling is helping to succeed with PM and your everyday business processes.

Fight Recession with Better Planning and Scheduling

Categories: Management Tips, Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
Are you ready to make 2012 your best year yet?... Working smarter (and more profitably) requires better planning and scheduling of the most valuable elements of your business: Resources

Resource Planning

Categories: Resource Planning
 Why should you care and learn about it? Everyone understands importance of planning. For planning your personal stuff there are wide variety of tools available: Outlook calendar, paper calendars, bunch of web based calendar apps. All work well for personal planning.

Is Ganttic a Resource Calendar?

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
Ganttic is good for scheduling many kinds of resources like people, facilities, vehicles, jobs, equipment, and projects. We're struggling here to find a good definition what Ganttic really is. One is sure - Ganttic is a hell of a good RESOURCE CALENDAR.Why should anyone need a resource calendar?

What Kind of Problems Does Ganttic Help You to Solve?

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling, Management Tips, Project Portfolio Management
No business uses software just because it is cool. We all want to solve something what's bothering us. The idea of Ganttic is to solve certain problems in business management. Here's complete list.

Gantt Chart as a Project Plan. Is It Enough?

Categories: Task Scheduling, Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
This blog post is a short version of Brad Egeland's article at PMTips.net. You can read the original here: http://pmtips.net/components-project-plan/ It is a good read about must-have parts of project management and gives a good overview of the process.

100 Years Old Gantt Charts Had a "Total Makeover"

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling, Project Portfolio Management
The market for planning tools is huge. Most businesses plan operations and/or projects and schedule their resources in-house, yet the choice of tools for this task is fairly limited. Ganttic has created a scheduling software to ensure that the necessary tools are in place for businesses that want the planning to be easily done, but not overly simplistic.To draw a parallel with cutting the forest - while most still do it with an ax and few can afford modern forest harvesting robots, Ganttic has just invented the chainsaw. 

Gi-Ganttic Results from Ganttic, the Gantt Chart Master

Categories: Project Portfolio Management, Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
Many people who have been trying to stay organized using either Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Project have ended up frustrated by the seemingly Herculean proportions of the task.  Microsoft Excel has an excellent database format, but as it is not a tool designed specifically for scheduling, using it to coordinate projects can prove awkward and unreliable.  

Planning with Excel Fades to the Past

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling
Most of the businesses use resource scheduling in their everyday life, but most common tools for it are still e-mails, paper wall charts, notebooks and Excel spreadsheets. Specialized tools are expensive, complicated and hard to implement. So we saw the gap in the market and created just a right product to fill this gap.

What Can You Actually Use Ganttic for?

Categories: Resource Planning, Task Scheduling, Project Portfolio Management, Management Tips
Well, that has been our main question from the very beginning. When you create software you have to think about it. No one will use software what does everything from project planning to file sharing. Ours has a purpose.

Why Should an Enterprise Worry About Resource and Project Planning?

Categories: Resource Planning, Project Portfolio Management
Resource planning is definitely no fun. It is work and as we all know, all kind of work should be avoided. Unless it's a must. Believe me, resource and project planning is.