iPlanWare Release 3.4

by admin on March 16, 2010

The March 2010 release of iPlanWare PPM introduces an alternative way for organisations to schedule resources. Most PPM tools use a Gantt or task based tool for scheduling. While this is great for work that needs a timeline based schedule, it is just not flexible enough for resource centric scheduling. For example scheduling tech support staff onto break fix, engineers onto jobs or consultants onto client engagements.

Unless your PPM tools represents all the work your organisation is doing, its resource / capacity forecasts will not be accurate. The Resource Planner in iPlanWare 3.4 plugs this gap and means that team leads and managers can quickly schedule people onto work that doesn’t naturally fit a Gantt / timeline based way of working.

iPlanWare Resource Planner

iPlanWare Resource Planner

In addition to the resource planner, R3.4 introduces a project binder concept which provides a single area to review a project’s finances, schedule and budgets. Other smaller enhancements include support for change requests, improved dashboard filtering, a host of resource management extracts and new options for status reporting. You can download the release notes here.

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TeamWorks Release 3.3

by admin on September 24, 2009

The next release of iPlanWare PPM includes some very exiting tools to help organisations with their capacity planning and forecasting. A major problem when undertaking capacity planning is being able to capture the resource demands for projects that are still in the pipeline.  Typically you won’t have full visibility of who is doing the work or the exact work to be done. So trying to describe your resource needs using a project plan is a non starter. [click to continue…]

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A useful tool for organisations that wish to speed their implementation of iPlanWare PPM is the iPlanWare Accelerator. Even though most organisations are up and running within a matter of days (typically less than 30 days even for large implementations), we wanted to make the process even quicker and transfer more of the knowledge of our professional service team.

So the iPlanWare Accelerator tool kit was devised. The iPlanWare Accelerator consists of two elements:

  • Pre shipped data lookups for a typical PMO / IT organisation. Organisations can choose to install this at implementation time then adjust the data to their specific needs.
  • Guidance documentation describing the considerations and decisions to be made for each functional area of the product. Essentially an A to Z of implementing iPlanWare PPM.

The iPlanWare Accelerator documentation is available for new customers by contacting our support centre.

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If you are a software development or professional services organisation, getting your resource levels and skills mix right is pretty key. Resources are probably the biggest cost to your business and also the biggest revenue generators. The method to do this is called capacity planning or resource forecasting.

If you are after an example of how to do this in Excel then scroll down this post. To perform effective capacity planning we should first go back to basics and get some terms straight. [click to continue…]

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