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** Looking for an application/software to for resource (people) calendar scheduling **
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Looking for an application/software to for resource (people) calendar scheduling, we are utilizing Outlook calendar; which is becoming increasingly un-scalable
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Chris -

What is the size of your people pool? Are you purely looking at people management support or is this supposed to feed a project scheduling system - if the latter, have you looked into any of the EPM solutions which have robust people pool capabilities?

Kiron

p.s. I'm very purposefully using the term people. I'm a firm believer that if we mean people, we should say people, as resources are "things"
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2 replies by Ben Trafford and Chris Kennel
Dec 07, 2018 3:32 AM
Ben Trafford
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Kiron, I am totally with you with regards to referring to people as "People" and not resources, I have had to explain this so many times.
Dec 07, 2018 7:28 AM
Chris Kennel
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Smaller operation; pool is about 10 people; weak matrix organization where the PMs pull from a group of Tier2 NOC employees to complete short projects (1-2 weeks). Are company utilizes Salesforce for overall functionality...PMs typically use SmartSheet to manage. Ideally, I'd like to use something that integrates into Salesforce/Smartsheet and not add another application.
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Outlook calendar is good enough provided team size is small.
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Dec 06, 2018 4:46 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Chris -

What is the size of your people pool? Are you purely looking at people management support or is this supposed to feed a project scheduling system - if the latter, have you looked into any of the EPM solutions which have robust people pool capabilities?

Kiron

p.s. I'm very purposefully using the term people. I'm a firm believer that if we mean people, we should say people, as resources are "things"
Kiron, I am totally with you with regards to referring to people as "People" and not resources, I have had to explain this so many times.
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In our organization we are using MS Project Server to manage resource pool calendar. Outlook calendar will not help you. We are using it too but as a tool for other things.
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We use Clarizen for timesheet reporting and schedule creation. It is an enterprise tool that advertises itself for organizations of 50+. The UI is easy to understand, and you can also facilitate discussions from the tasks laid out in the schedule. I've been happy with it so far & look forward to implementing more capability every day. The people management part of the application allows you to see workload across a team and at the individual level regarding % utilization and % free. It can show you what people are available which weeks in the future.
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I have used a number of tools, but for Project Management and time tracking as well as resource planning I really like Teamworks

https://www.teamwork.com/
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MS Project 2016 is meant to have this feature, see post below. Though I can't confirm how good it is as we are stuck on an older version

https://www.senseiprojectsolutions.com/201...nt-engagements/
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Dec 06, 2018 4:46 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Chris -

What is the size of your people pool? Are you purely looking at people management support or is this supposed to feed a project scheduling system - if the latter, have you looked into any of the EPM solutions which have robust people pool capabilities?

Kiron

p.s. I'm very purposefully using the term people. I'm a firm believer that if we mean people, we should say people, as resources are "things"
Smaller operation; pool is about 10 people; weak matrix organization where the PMs pull from a group of Tier2 NOC employees to complete short projects (1-2 weeks). Are company utilizes Salesforce for overall functionality...PMs typically use SmartSheet to manage. Ideally, I'd like to use something that integrates into Salesforce/Smartsheet and not add another application.

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