Project management software with in-depth project planning tools, including comprehensive scheduling, bottom up budgeting and task-level resource planning. VGK project scheduling tools enable for detailed task scheduling and provide Gantt charts, critical path analysis, planning templates as well as a range of planning reports.
- Flexible task scheduling with stages, tasks, sub-tasks, milestones, reminders and deadlines
- Sub-scheduling as deep as you need
- Schedule is automatically maintained through task links and dependencies
- Task links to project charter deliverables
- Gantt Chart
- Critical Path Analysis
- Project Planning Reports
- Advanced project templates
- Complete integration with task resource planning tools for labor, materials, equipment and subcontractors
- Integration with bottom up budgeting tools
- Integration with project tracking tools
Planning workflow using VGK software
Project planning starts with a charter which contains project scope, deliverables, stakeholders and other summary details. Using the specifications defined in the project charter the project manager can create a schedule, which is the core of VGK’s project planning workflow. The schedule automatically becomes the schedule baseline as soon as project tracking is underway.
The project schedule includes all tasks with their sequence and duration. Once the schedule is set up VGK project scheduling tools automatically calculate the timeline as well as provides a Gantt Chart, critical path, and a range of project reports. At any time during the the scheduling process the project manager can incorporate task resource requirements and estimate the budget.
Resource planning & budgeting
During or after project scheduling the project manager can plan human resource needs as well estimate material and equipment requirements. All resources are planned on a task-by-task basis (bottom up resource planning). Using resource planning details VGK Project software automatically calculates a bottom up budget estimate and provides a range of additional benefits.
VGK Project Scheduling Tools
All projects include a schedule. To create the schedule project managers define all tasks that need to be performed to achieve project deliverables. Based on task scope of work and complexity, the project manager sets planned task duration and also defines task sequence, using various dependent/predecessor relationships. Once this is finished the schedule is complete and VGK Project automatically puts all tasks on the company calendar.
VGK encourages companies to use the same task names for the same work across projects. We call these tasks ‘Typical Tasks’. Typical tasks allow companies to enforce naming conventions as well as leverage VGK’s cross-project comparison tools. VGK project management software provides comparison of typical task performance across different projects, easily assessing cost, time and resource efficiency.
Features of VGK Project Scheduling Tools
- Sub-scheduling: break up complex tasks into sub-tasks to as much depth as you need.
- Milestones: trace key project dates and deliverables.
- Reminders: set important notifications to relevant project staff.
- Deadlines: specify project/task deadlines.
- Typical tasks: shared task names help readability and performance comparison.
- Labels: set different labels for stages, tasks and sub-tasks.
Resource Planning with VGK software
VGK resource planning tools enable the project manager to plan on a task-by-task basis the labor, materials, and other resources required to complete task objectives. This can be done during or after the scheduling process. Detailed resource planning and its benefits are the main advantage provided by VGK project management software.
- Task labor by labor type
- Task material requirements by type
- Task equipment requirements by type
- Task subcontractor work
Resource planning benefits:
Gantt charts provided by VGK software
Gantt charts show a complete visual image of your schedule. VGK project management tools provide Gantt charts for planned, and up-to-date schedules (see project tracking functionality on actual work tracking). Project managers can examine either planned, projected, or actual values individually, or compare them on a single chart, zooming in as necessary.
All Gantt charts can be printed. You have the option to print a Gantt chart for the entire schedule or for a specified portion thereof. Having such flexibility allows project managers to produce Gantt chart relevant for the moment.
Flexible Critical Path Analysis
VGK software incorporates critical path analysis into the project schedule. Project critical path can be visualized directly on the schedule or on the Gantt chart. Our critical path analysis is made to be flexible: you can see critical path for the project as a whole or for the selected task.
You can use our critical path to monitor your project during planning as well as execution stages. By leveraging our project tracking tools we allow you to see the critical path for planned, actual as well as projected dates thereby letting you assess project health on an ongoing basis.
Templates for effective planning and scheduling
Have you had to spend hours or days creating nearly identical project schedules from scratch?
To alleviate this burden VGK planning tools provide innovative project templates. Entire projects plans, or parts of a project plan (task, stage or deliverable) can be made into a template for reuse in future projects. Templates include complete task resource estimates, task schedule and budget.
Schedule Blocks – for similar stages, tasks, or deliverables
We call a ‘schedule block’ any consecutive group of tasks exported as a template. Schedule blocks enable managers to quickly and efficiently assemble unique projects from tasks, deliverables, or stages of past projects.
Reports provided by VGK project planning tools
VGK software automatically generates a wide range of reports based on the project schedule and resource estimates. The most common reports are Gantt chart, project funding requirements and resource requirements. Project managers can print reports based on entire projects or any portion thereof.