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Manage the project and Work Breakdown Structure in pm4u easily directly in Project chart. Our extended constaints between tasks in pm4u allow you to track the project precisely. Resources can be also assigned to the tasks directly in Project chart. All changes are being protocolled, thus you are able to compare an arbitrary older state of the project with a current one.Learn more
An overview over the resources work plan is implemented in Resource chart. You can assign the resources to the tasks or to copy or move the assignments from resource to resource. Workload of the resources can be displayed at the same time, which makes the Resource chart a powerful tool for optimization of the resource assignments.Learn more
Identification of differences between the plan and reality are very important for learning and for more realistic planning of future projects. Thus, it is important to keep evidence about hours worked in pm4u. The resources can easily manage their hours worked in the monthly tables.Learn more
Our experiences say, that project management must be transparent and projects easily adaptable, in order to be always corresponding with reality. Tasks can constraint other tasks to describe real life process dependencies. It must be clear which resources work on which tasks - from the point of view of both task and resource. Last but not least, it is necessary to easily identify differences in plan and to draw measurements for future projects.
Create and manage the projects directly in Project chart and track the actual plan there.
In order to have a better overview over the project, break the work down to smaller pieces - Work Breakdown Structure.
Place the tasks in the plan by using constraints (for example The task can't start earlier than another task is finished.). Pm4u offers extended constraints allowing tasks to affect each other in an arbitrary way. You can find more about the constraints in Users Manual, where you can also watch a brief tutorial on how the constraints work.
Assign the resources to the tasks directly in Resource chart. The resource assignments are displayed below each task in chart. You can find more info in Users Manual.
All modifications in projects are protocolled in pm4u, which allows you to compare the current state with an older one. You can so easily identify differencies against the original plan and draw measurements for future activities.
Optimal distribution of resources on tasks is a challenge. Even sophisticated algorithms for automated assigning of resources can't do this job as good as an experienced project manager that knows little details no software can cover. Thus a good overview is necessary, where assignments are transparently displayed, and where it is possible to create them, move them from resource to resource and to optimize them while actual workload of each resource is available.
The purpose of Resource chart is to answer the question: "What projects/tasks is the resource assigned to?" (Compared to Project chart answering the questions "How is the project going? What resources are working on the project?"). You can easily create new assignments here, move them from resource to resource and delete them of course.
Optimize the resource assignments with Drag & Drop - copy or move the assignments from resource to resource with the mouse directly in Resource chart.
Control the http://wiki.pm4u.ch/wiki/Ressourcen-Gantt#Auslastung_anzeigen>actual workload during the modifications directly in Resource Gantt. It allows you to find the optimal schedule of your resources on the tasks.
Resources can often partially deputize each other. Not only resources but also resource groups can be assigned to the tasks. Thus it is important to check cumulated workload over more resources and groups in Workload chart. Workload belonging to groups or "offer projects" can be distinguished in the chart.
Project management doesn't end with planning, but the project state must be continuously updated in order to describe the real project life. Just so you can react on problems and see the way ahead. Each resource must be able to fill own hours worked or import them from another software and update remaining hours. It allows the project manager to learn for upcoming projects by identifying differences between the original plan and final state of the project when all is done.
It is important for the future projects to be able to compare the plan with the reality and to learn a lesson from the differences. In order to be able to make such comparison, it is necessary, that the resources track their hours worked in pm4u. These values will be displayed in Costs and in Cockpit.