Forecast permet d'organiser le calendrier de votre équipe dans des plans visuels pour cartographier vos
projets à venir et prendre des décisions plus judicieuses en matière d'affectation des ressources. Les plans visuels à codes de couleur de Forecast permettent de visualiser facilement la durée d'un projet et de savoir qui travaille sur quoi et qui est surchargé.
Forecast facilite l'affectation de personnes aux projets, puis affiche vos plans par projet ou par personne. Les barres rouges indiquent les cas de surcharge des employés. Vous pouvez ainsi déplacer les projets et les délais avant que vos collaborateurs ne soient épuisés. Il est également facile de savoir quand une personne est disponible pour prendre en charge un nouveau projet et combien de temps elle peut y consacrer. Partagez vos plans avec toute l'équipe pour que chacun sache sur quoi il doit travailler et quand.
Intégrez Forecast avec son application sœur, Harvest, pour avoir un aperçu de l'avancement du projet et améliorer vos estimations et votre planification. L'intégration ajoute dans Harvest les heures que vous avez programmées dans Forecast, afin que vous puissiez voir exactement quand un projet dépassera le budget. De plus, vous pouvez comparer le temps que vous avez programmé pour quelqu'un dans Forecast avec le temps réellement enregistré dans Harvest, ce qui vous permet d'identifier les problèmes potentiels.
The software works like a dream if your organization has the depth of project management/trafficking skill to understand how to balance its functions with the needs of the people captured by the system. This is NOT a great software for agile environments in my opinion.
Forecast (and its partner Harvest) make for a powerful program that can assist in planning any work that requires team effort. The process is easy, the interface readily understandable. Setup is very simple and new projects are easily managed in Forecast. You can be as detailed as you'd like, or very high-level. Perfect for traffic management, not so great for creativity.
This isn't a software for agile environments, and it's VERY easy for project managers to get caught in the objective of making red into green (a person is over budgeted time allotments versus a person has time to do the work) rather than thinking about what they're actually splitting or assigning. This can be a big problem in creative environments where team members may need large chunks of time for thinking, creating, or researching.
We use Asana and Forecast to manage time allocation to tasks, and use Forecast to plan out our resource allocation.
Harvest Forecast seem to work well for us when planning work schedules over the next few weeks, but we do not seem to successfully use this for longer term project management. We use Harvest Forecast daily - it has become mission critical to the successful running of our business.
However we resort to spreadsheets (and Asana) to manage longer term forecasts, and for this have marked it down a star. I suspect that this is not the fault of the software per se, but our work flow process from Asana making this just too clumsy.
Still, Harvest Forecast a good, stable, well written piece of software. It is reasonably priced and one of the best methods to properly forecast project-based work.
Forecast is easy to use and does the job as a forecast management tool for us. The ease of use should not be underestimated - we have trialed many other project management tools and they were just too hard to set up.
Moreover the integration to our Harvest itself (a time tracker) makes this much more powerful than a classic project management tool.
We use it to manage our software development processes, which has a mix of short 1-2 days tasks and longer multi-month projects.
Forecast and has some neat features: particularly like the quick way of setting up milestones.
Forecast now also allows time planning around weekends so you can accommodate over time and will work in countries where the weekend is not Saturday and Sunday.
The integration method to Harvest Forecast is lumpy. You have to manually select which products in Forecast you import, and it is not perfectly linked, so change a name in, say, Asana and you have to manually fill this in.
It is hard to include public holidays.
Overall, Forecast is a time saver for managing teams, and the feedback from the team members is that it helps co-ordinate their week ahead and know what they need to be working on. If they can work on improving the design and layout, it could be the perfect team management system.
Forecast's direct integration with Harvest (time tracking) makes it a simple and easy process to assign tasks to a team member in Forecast and have it automatically appear in Harvest for them to log time against, helping streamline the process and reducing the number of steps.
While the interface for Forecast is fairly easy to use, it isn't all that intuitive. It can be difficult to see what a team member is working on, and if there's a few people on the team, there is a lot of faffing around to open up each team member's list and see what they're assigned to.
(1) Great UX, low learning curve
(2) Visual representation of team members schedules, their projects, and tasks
(3) Added functionality for when team members are "overbooked" or "under-booked"
Less useful for larger projects that require multiple, dedicated team members for a long period of time.
Make precise calculations based on profits and benefits of each project in real time, knowing which of them is the most profitable and how the work team defends itself in each area to know what the strengths and weaknesses are.
The main functionality or where the application is focused is the ability that gives you to correctly forecast and schedule each project in composite with workers as a team, but in which it differentiates to others, which allows you to calculate costs based on time spent , this is the main advantage, you can see the benefit at the time of each project, when it is profitable and when it is not, so you can project the profits, know when a project extends more than it should and how this affects the profits of the company.
It lacks some tools based on the management of projects at times may be too simple in excess and this will affect you when you reuyeras complete functionalities for management.
Voici quelques-unes des questions fréquentes sur Forecast.
Types de licences disponibles pour Forecast :
À partir de: 5,00 $US/mois
Type de licence: Abonnement
version d'essai gratuite: Disponible
Nous n'avons pas d'informations sur les fonctionnalités de Forecast.
Utilisateurs habituels du logiciel Forecast :
Entreprises de taille moyenne, PME
Langues dans lesquelles Forecast est disponible :
Types de licences disponibles pour Forecast:
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Ressources d'aide disponibles pour Forecast :
FAQ, Base de connaissances, Support en ligne, Support téléphonique