Over the last few years, the Avaza team has been helping you transform and streamline your business operations. We’ve taken another step to help you better manage your people resources, visualize team availability and deliver successful projects by launching Project Resource Scheduling.
As you plan your projects, you will now be able to answer questions like this more accurately:
- Who is working on what, and when?
- Do we have the capacity to take on a new project?
- Do we need more team members to help complete the projects we have?
- What skills do we have, and what do we need more of?
Accessing Project Resource Scheduling
Like all features in Avaza, Project Resource Scheduling is visible to users with the appropriate roles. In Part 1 of this series, we outlined Scheduling Settings. Here in Part 2 of the Resource Scheduling blog series, we dive into the scheduling screens for Schedule Users and Schedule Managers. Read Part 3 | Part 4 here.
Figure: Access Resource Scheduling from Projects Menu.
The Projects menu displays two new options:
- My Schedule: Visible to all users with the Scheduling User role.
- Team Schedule: Visible to all users with the Admin or Scheduling Manager role.
Scheduling Managers can view team members and projects they are responsible for on the Team Schedule page, as well as create new assignments, leave and edit existing entries. Use drag & drop on existing assignments to change the user or project on the assignment, as well as adjust its start and end date.
With Resource Scheduling, you can accurately assign team members assignments on projects, view their daily availability as well as upcoming days off. Switch between Team and Project view to better understand resource allocation.
Figure: View Team Schedule by User
When viewing Team Schedule by User, you can see all Scheduling Users for your Projects, their daily availability and assignments or leave allocated to them.
Figure: View Team Schedule by Project
When viewing Team Schedule by Project, you can see all your projects and Scheduling Users assigned to them over time.
On either view, you can change the zoom-level, based on how much visibility you need. The default view is Zoomed In, showing 7 days, but you can Zoom Out to view an entire month.
Search for users, projects, user tags, customers or project tags and view only relevant resources and projects as needed. For example, finding all the people tagged with relevant skills/location to take on a new project.
Add Bookings & Leave
Schedule users to a project or book leave for them by using the Add Assignment/Add Leave button.
Figure: Add Assignment Popup
While adding user assignments, you will be required to select a User, Project, Timesheet Category, and Daily Hours for a Start and End Date range.
You can choose to optionally include a Task, Notes and select if the schedule should also apply to days off. Notice the scheduling user’s default weekly availability is also displayed for reference.
Figure: Add Leave Bookings
Adding Leave for team members updates their daily availability for those days, allowing you to accurately plan your human resources based on each team member’s availability.
When adding a Leave, select the user’s name, Leave Type, Daily Hours, Start & End date rate. You can also optionally enter Notes.
The My Schedule View, visible to Schedule Users, shows their project and leave assignments. This view is available on all devices.
Figure: My Schedule page displays upcoming assignments and leave
The My Schedule page displays Assignments and Leave by week, and you can expand/collapse each day to view assignments in context, as well as see who last updated the booking.
We hope you’re enjoying Resource Scheduling so far! Part III of this series will include all updates to our reports, so stay tuned!