Planning and scheduling using Excel spreadsheets

18 Oct gantt chart in ganttic

Most of the businesses use resource scheduling in their everyday life, but most common tools for it are still e-mails, paper wallcharts, notebooks and Excel spreadsheets. Specialized tools are expensive, complicated and hard to implement.

We’ve been listening our users  from very different areas of life: design agencies, laboratories, churches, schools, manufacturers, service providers, equipment and car rentals, construction and logistics companies scheduling their teams, equipment and facilities in Ganttic on daily bases. Most of them are using MS Excel for planning , but even in very small teams it does not work just right.

To put some weight on my words I present you a side-by-side comparison of planning in MS Excel and Ganttic resource scheduler.

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Ganttic got another great review from experts

7 Oct

Web-Based-Software.com is a business-oriented Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) directory. We’ve been gathering the best web applications and constantly update our directory, which has been ever-growing since its launch in 2001. Read the original article from here.
Overview Presentation
Ganttic is a Gantt chart oriented project scheduling software. Those who can’t live without a Gantt chart in front of their eyes everyday must give Ganttic a test drive. Resources, processes, projects and tasks are planned right from the Gantt chart. For the visual type and every team seeking for efficient real-time collaboration, this product is simply amazing.
A Gantt Chart at the Core
Ganttic puts the Gantt chart in the spotlight, more than Microsoft Project does. In Project, the default view is a Gantt, but in Ganttic, the whole planning is done in the Gantt chart directly. Furthermore, seldom have we seen simpler project and task scheduling than in Ganttic. Basically, you create processes (usually teams) and resources (human and material). Then, you adjust default view settings for the Gantt (timerange and other parameters), then create users, and a project. Finally, you create tasks, which is, as mentioned already, extremely simple.
Simple may sound cliché, but in Ganttic, it is without a doubt the best word to describe task scheduling. Essentially, you click on the timeline where the task begins, drag your mouse to the end of the task and release the button. A window then pops up, you specify the task’s details and you are done. Custom fields and properties can be defined, which provide a high level of customization and flexibility.
Features
Although Gantt charts are very useful for scheduling in general and project managers specifically, they do not provide the information pie charts, PERT charts and other graphs do. Besides a Gantt chart, Ganttic only offers custom, saveable table-based reports. There is no calendar view either, which is disappointing. Nevertheless, once you get used to scheduling in the Gantt chart, using a calendar can become optional. Although the Gantt is, to a certain extent, an “all-in-one” report, this type of view is not appreciated by everyone.
Ganttic’s feature set has no bells and whistles. They focus on efficient project planning rather than a number of features. This is a wise strategy and what they do, they do great.
Navigation
It is rather easy to navigate within the application, thanks to the tabs on the left-hand side. The information section for task, project and other information at the bottom can be resized at your convenience or hidden. Settings are easy to find and configure, and item creation is easy to achieve. We have not struggled with anything with regards to navigation.
Free… For Real
Ganttic offers a real free package, which is not a trial. For up to 5 users and 10 resources, Ganttic can be used for free, forever. No strings attached. For more than 5 users and/or 10 resources , pricing is on a per-seat basis, with a special offer for 100+ users.
The Bottom Line
If your organization needs to schedule resources, projects, tasks and processes in real-time, in a flash, and improve your team’s efficiency collaboration-wise in the end, Ganttic is a product you should consider. Furthermore, if you like Gantt charts, Ganttic will serve you well in this regard, as the Gantt is actually the heart of the product. If you live by the Gantt, then Ganttic is for you!

Ganttic.com-Resource Management Software

30 Sep

By Co-Editor, RB from Greatstartups.com:
A new businesses can be born and prosper despite the lack of an original idea or a “Eureka!” moment. One of the ways this is accomplished by entrepreneurs is the situation where you believe you can do better with a product or service than what is already being offered in the market.
When it comes to project management software the leader of the pack is Microsoft Project. MP is designed to assist project managers in developing plans, assigning resources to tasks, tracking projects, managing budgets and analyzing workloads.
Microsoft Project was the company’s third Windows-based application, and within a couple of years of its introduction it became the dominant PC-based project management software.
An entrepreneur in Estonia believes his software is better for consumers than MP, and his startup Ganttic.com aims to prove it. Launched in July, Ganttic.com presumably gets its name from Henry Gantt, the developer of the Gantt chart.
Ganttic.com is an online project management software package (like MP) for scheduling resources and projects. The online scheduling software provides user-friendly graphical interface and interactive Gantt charts for real time collaboration.
Rainer Kivimaa, the founder of Ganttic believes his software is different from other project management software packages, because his software is cheaper and easier to use.
His team has been developing and selling specialized software for the timber industry since 2002. Woodware systems, its timber industry software was founded in April 2005. In early 2008 a beta version of YUTITI – a web based resource planning tool was launched. It was accepted by many companies as their only planning tool.
In July 2010 we felt they finished beta testing and launched its web-based resource planner under the name Ganttic. You can sign up for free and up to 5 users and 10 resources are free. Only after the 6th user and/or 11th resource do the begin charging. The rates are very reasonable. So check it out at www.ganttic.com

Why should we deal with planning?

29 Sep gantt chart

Resource scheduling? This is for huge manufacturing companies only. Well, no. Actually resource scheduling is part of most businesses everyday life.

Tough economic situation around us makes us observe our costs harder every day. Resources used in companies are actual drivers for costs and revenues. Workers waiting for materials, double booked delivery truck, just in the very moment occupied meeting room – You’ll see this kind of problems in nearly every company. These problems are accepted as part of everyday life and most company directors never pay full attention to them.

HOW?

Please follow these advices and amazing results are just around the corner:

  • make list from resources used in your company
  • mark + or – after every resource indicating if it is important one. There’s no need to plan all resources. Do not make Your plan too complicated in beginning. You can always add resources to Yor plan when You feel the need for it.
  • Mark after every resource the name of the employee responsible for it.
  • decide wether it is worth to plan capacities, costs, efficiency, deadlines, material use or only time. It depends of your businesses specifics.
  • choose a tool (paper, spreadsheet, special planning software) and enter your resources into it
  • make sure that all responsible persons are trained and have access to your planning system
  • get planning 🙂