Your plan – simple and beautiful overview

At the end of April, we are planning to release a completely new planning tool. We want to do this to simplify the process of planning into one tool that incorporates everything from project steps via activities to individual cards on the kanban boards. All this will be unified in one new tool called simply – Plan. The background is that the current timeline details have felt disconnected from the cards on the boards and also that many of our users prefer a gantt visualisation of the project plan. The Plan should tell everyone where we are headed and how we will get there.

The idea is to have one tool for planning from project step to cards. We wanted wanted to visualise your plan in a more conventional and gantt like format without compromising on our design concepts of simplicity and delightfulness.  All the data that you currently have in your timeline will be converted to the new tool on release!

These are some things you can expect from the new tool:

  • The plan will be organised as a Gantt chart with a list of the work broken down into a traditional WBS – work breakdown structure.
  • For ease of use you can drag and drop your activities in the list. Moving an activity in the list will automatically update the WBS.
  • We also make duration a more prominent parameter for your activities.
  • On the lowest level activities you can connect cards from the boards or create new ones.
  • The data is aggregated to higher levels – it is easy to see which data is aggregated.
  • You can zoom the plan in or out to view more or less detail. To give you the complete picture you can also drill down to individual cards for follow up.
  • The card data is incorporated in the plan.
  • Lock activities to prevent unwanted changes.

Some of the things we are planning on adressing in future releases are dependencies, resources and time reporting.

Gantt

Comments

  1. says

    Glad to see PP is building new tools. We are currently using PP from our collaborators but don’t subscribe as an institution or my group, YCMD. Do you have information about rates for academic groups?
    Best,
    Denton Hoyer
    Director of Chemistry
    Yale Center for Molecular Discovery
    203-737-3082

    • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

      Hi Denton,

      Thanks for a lovely chat – I hope the trial works out well for you!

      Best regards,
      Karolina

    • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

      Hi Martin,

      This is definitely in our road map but will not be available in the first version. Until then we recommend that you print the screen.

      Best regards,
      Karolina

      • Christin says

        Is there an approx. date when it is possible to print or pdf-export a gantt chart? It would be really helpful. A print of the screen is just not the same.

        • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

          I agree. Sharing the plan in different ways, including printing is in the road map but no set date yet. I will update your idea on Projectplace Ideas with information when we start developing. If an idea gets a lot of votes this will influence the priority of the development.

          Best regards,
          Karolina

          • Grete Alvestad says

            The possibility to save and export PDFs go the Plan is a must if we will consider buying a subscription.

          • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

            The possibility to share the plan is in our roadmap. Is it important to you that it is in PDF specifically?

  2. Gösta Hiller says

    Hi
    Will there be dependencies between activities so that if one activity is delayed or front loaded other activities that are dependent/connected will also move in time?

    • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

      Hi Gösta,

      Dependencies are under consideration. The new plan should be easy enough to edit (you can for instance multi-edit items in the plan) so that you should not need to have dependencies in order to update the plan. However, we understand the need to visualise and work with dependencies on different levels and it’s in the road map. No date set for planned release.

      Best regards,
      Karolina

      • Ragnar Martens says

        Hi Karolina,
        thanks for updating the tool. So far it looks like a good improvement. However, dependencies are crucial to our project and I was wondering when we can expect an update on that. This should include visualisation of dependencies, automatic adjustments (as descirbed above), notifications on critical project delays and the possibility to link it to the calendar.
        Thanks for the efforts.

        Best,
        Ragnar

        • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

          Hi Ragnar,

          Great to hear that you like it. Dependencies are being developed at the moment. We are planning to release support for finish-to-start dependencies (one activity must be finished before the next one can start) in the next few months.

          The possibility to link certain project items (milestones, meetings etc) to the calendar is under discussion at the moment as well as what types of notifications we should implement. What would constitute a critical project delay and how do you identify the critical from the non-critical delay?

          Best regards,
          Karolina

    • Karolina Wicksén Jackson-Ward says

      Thanks John – I’ll make sure that the team gets your feedback also. This will give them energy to go the extra mile:)

      We are comitted to release at the end of April. Of course, plans can change and we will not release until we are satisfied – especially with the quality. We post information about every release on this blog so if you subscribe to it (by rss) you will always stay updated. We also present it in Projectplace when you’re logged in through the release banner on top.

      Best regards,
      Karolina

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