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Best software for Program/Project Mgt
I have a client (consulting firm - approx 150 consultant) who run mid to large scale projects (20 at a time).

They are looking to implement a full featured PM Software tool. I am only familiar with MS Project. I was curious if anyone else is aware of for featured online tools that would include the following:

WBS, task assignment, resource management (HR/Cost/Asset), timesheets, cost management, and detailed reporting. (exec dashboard)

The human resource capacity management and forecasting is probably the most critical component for them. They want to have a better handle on each of the resources, their capacity, skils, etc. when they will be free so they can sign into new projects etc.

Thanks in advance for your help.


Colin
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I know I wrote this each time this questions arrives: my recommendation is finding a software that supports your actual project management process. In my case I used a lot and I worked in software firms that sells this type of products. Today, in my actual work place, we are using MS Azure DevOps and it works find for us mainly because you can use it for running projects with different types of life cycles (waterfall, iterative-incremental, etc).
Best is in the eye of the beholder, Colin. If you review the discussion forums here, you will see many solutions discussed. At the end of the day, you will be compromising between what you need and what you can afford. The question will be whether you can get the best bang for your buck.
Look at Spider Project (www.spiderproject.com).
It includes skill scheduling and risk simulation. optimizes resource schedules taking into account all existing constraints.
It looks like it can meet all of your requirements.
It is not online tool though collects actual data through Web and publishes into Web project dashboards and Gantt Charts.
I agree with Stephane. It is very specific to your industry, the nature , size and complexity of the project and ... .
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach for the tools and software.
Thanks and understand. I am playing around with Smartsheet - very full-featured PM Software (similar to MS Project) with an integrated module specifically for enterprise resource management -- thanks.
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1 reply by Vladimir Liberzon
May 16, 2022 10:02 AM
Vladimir Liberzon
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I looked at Smartsheet descriptions and did not find if this software includes project and portfolio scheduling that takes into account project priorities, resource limitations and other constraints.
I expect that this feature is certainly required for your client.
Please check if Smartsheet has this feature, if its schedule resolves all resource conflicts and that resulting schedule is good enough (close to optimal).
Thanks Vlad
May 16, 2022 8:51 AM
Replying to Colin McAllister
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Thanks and understand. I am playing around with Smartsheet - very full-featured PM Software (similar to MS Project) with an integrated module specifically for enterprise resource management -- thanks.
I looked at Smartsheet descriptions and did not find if this software includes project and portfolio scheduling that takes into account project priorities, resource limitations and other constraints.
I expect that this feature is certainly required for your client.
Please check if Smartsheet has this feature, if its schedule resolves all resource conflicts and that resulting schedule is good enough (close to optimal).
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1 reply by Colin McAllister
May 16, 2022 10:06 AM
Colin McAllister
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I will definitely check into that. For the few projects I've entered in over the weekend it does highlight resource risks if they exceed the amount specified. For example I have one consultant that's allowed to work 50% on projects. If I push them to 55% it flags it as overbooked. It also organizes projects and programs through a portfolio application. I can't say yet how well this works. But I know the resourcing application looks like the entire enterprise. This was a key feature for a client as they want to use it for risk management, new projects, scaling etc.
May 16, 2022 10:02 AM
Replying to Vladimir Liberzon
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I looked at Smartsheet descriptions and did not find if this software includes project and portfolio scheduling that takes into account project priorities, resource limitations and other constraints.
I expect that this feature is certainly required for your client.
Please check if Smartsheet has this feature, if its schedule resolves all resource conflicts and that resulting schedule is good enough (close to optimal).
I will definitely check into that. For the few projects I've entered in over the weekend it does highlight resource risks if they exceed the amount specified. For example I have one consultant that's allowed to work 50% on projects. If I push them to 55% it flags it as overbooked. It also organizes projects and programs through a portfolio application. I can't say yet how well this works. But I know the resourcing application looks like the entire enterprise. This was a key feature for a client as they want to use it for risk management, new projects, scaling etc.
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1 reply by Vladimir Liberzon
May 16, 2022 11:14 AM
Vladimir Liberzon
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It is not sufficient to inform the user on resource overallocation. The software must be able to create feasible schedule that takes into account resource constraints. Even better if this schedule will be optimized based on resource availability and skills.
Risk management must include risk simulation and determining necessary contingency reserves.
Portfolio scheduling must take into account project priorities, due dates and all existing constraints and uncertainties.
Manual scheduling is time consuming and rarely provides the best solutions.
May 16, 2022 10:06 AM
Replying to Colin McAllister
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I will definitely check into that. For the few projects I've entered in over the weekend it does highlight resource risks if they exceed the amount specified. For example I have one consultant that's allowed to work 50% on projects. If I push them to 55% it flags it as overbooked. It also organizes projects and programs through a portfolio application. I can't say yet how well this works. But I know the resourcing application looks like the entire enterprise. This was a key feature for a client as they want to use it for risk management, new projects, scaling etc.
It is not sufficient to inform the user on resource overallocation. The software must be able to create feasible schedule that takes into account resource constraints. Even better if this schedule will be optimized based on resource availability and skills.
Risk management must include risk simulation and determining necessary contingency reserves.
Portfolio scheduling must take into account project priorities, due dates and all existing constraints and uncertainties.
Manual scheduling is time consuming and rarely provides the best solutions.
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1 reply by Colin McAllister
May 16, 2022 1:04 PM
Colin McAllister
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That's great feedback. I am not sure if Smartsheet has that level of complexity. I have a meeting scheduled with them tomorrow and will definitely ask how they manage the side of it. Thanks for all of your support.
May 16, 2022 11:14 AM
Replying to Vladimir Liberzon
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It is not sufficient to inform the user on resource overallocation. The software must be able to create feasible schedule that takes into account resource constraints. Even better if this schedule will be optimized based on resource availability and skills.
Risk management must include risk simulation and determining necessary contingency reserves.
Portfolio scheduling must take into account project priorities, due dates and all existing constraints and uncertainties.
Manual scheduling is time consuming and rarely provides the best solutions.
That's great feedback. I am not sure if Smartsheet has that level of complexity. I have a meeting scheduled with them tomorrow and will definitely ask how they manage the side of it. Thanks for all of your support.
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