SparklinesSparklines are a data-visualization invention of Prof. Edward Tufte and are designed to tap into the pattern matching portion of the brain. We find them extremely helpful for identifying at a glance if any one resource is under or over allocated. Empty means not allocated Green means 0-100% allocated Red means allocated > 100% Here is a simple example of a team gantt chart which is over allocated, but it is difficult to see the over allocation from this view. However this same project rendered with Gantto’s Resource Manager View clearly shows the over allocation via the red sparklines: So at a glance we can tell that both Fed and Chris are largely over allocated and that we will have to shift one project in time to account for our resource loading. Here is what the new plan looks like with resource loading taken into consideration, Chris’ sparklines are now all green: The gantt chart clearly reflects how the project deliverables have changed in time:
Customer FeedbackIt is great to have so many engaged customers helping us build our product. These new visualizations around resource loading are the direct result of some really inspirational conversations with our customers. We have a huge pipeline of ideas we are working on, please help us pick the best things to build first! Just email me: firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments or to simply start a conversation.