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Project management software study assigns unique functions to Can Do software

Detailed analysis of Can Do’s project management software in the “Project Management Software Systems” study

Can Do’s project management software pursues a very special approach and offers users various unusual functions. This was confirmed by the “Project Management Software Systems” study which is published in cooperation with the Business Application Research Center (BARC) and the German Project Management Society (GPM). According to the study, Can Do’s software enables companies to work with realistic, inaccurate data (e.g. “Project Start Q3 2014” or “Expense – 200 – 220 man-days”) and operate within the area of resource management with the dynamic capacity balance method, Watermodel®, for the calculation of employee and departmental workloads.

Since Version 4.4 of the project management software, Can Do has offered a tool with a function that simplifies the coordination process between project and line for staffers. With this tool, the project manager requests resources for his project from the various departments. At the same time, each department head has an overview of his department that depicts the overall workload, the workload of each individual employee and the requests from the project leaders. This enables the line managers to identify the qualified staff members that are available from within their departments and to allocate them to projects with a simple mouse-click. On the other hand, the project leaders can immediately see, during the planning phase, whether the department in question still has available capacity and can adapt their plans accordingly.

Can Do’s project management software sets standards

The basis of Can Do’s comprehensive resource management is the dynamic capacity balance method, Watermodel®, that was developed by Can Do. This algorithm is the basis for optimal staff assignment in that it constantly calculates the workload of staff and departments across projects, departments and locations. Watermodel® doesn’t require rigid time windows in order to calculate workload capacities. It analyses the current project data (work package, project phase, project) interactively. Watermodel® can, of course, take realistic planning values into account, that is, inaccurate data and values such as “Expense – 30 – 35 man-days”, “Duration of the work packet – 13 – 15 days” or “Project Start Q1 2014”. According to the degree of inaccuracy, the software indicates the likelihood of failed planning as a percentage. Over and above this, the dynamic capacity balance takes reported work times into consideration.

It is part of the Can Do philosophy to only offer real-time information in their project management software – that is, no checking in and checking out of project plans. This form of live management is becoming more and more established.

The project management software study, “Project Management Software Systems”, by Dr. Mey Mark Meyer and Dr. Frederik Ahlemann, published in cooperation with the BARC and the GPM, recently appeared in the 7th edition. Clicl here for further information and the opportunity to order the study.