How GamePlan helps others
Read my blog post 'Order or Chaos' detailing the 6 project management tools we tested.
GamePlan provides Panning, Scheduling, Costing and Communication for small to medium size business.
GamePlan’s unique Whiteboard is a visual planning workspace and a powerful communication tool. Visual planning is easy, so everyone on your team can plan with no training required.
The Whiteboard communicates the plan to your team, your board, investors and clients. Effective communication is essential for business success.
Achieving your deliverables on time is critical for any business. GamePlan shows exactly when you will deliver based on your team size and their availability, allowing you to communicate deliverable dates with confidence.
As you visually plan on the Whiteboard, a resource-leveled schedule is automatically created and presented on the GamePlan Gantt chart. This shows if due dates are achievable.
Every business needs to manage cash flow, therefore it is critical to forecast costs correctly and to stay on budget.
GamePlan calculates exactly how much projects will cost so you can create accurate budgets. GamePlan also creates cost schedules that show when expenses will be incurred.
When there are changes to a project, GamePlan shows how the change affects the project cost.
In a business you need to communicate business plans internally with your team, to the board, to investors and to clients.
Everyone understands a plan in GamePlan because it is presented visually on the GamePlan Whiteboard.
Understanding the plan promotes buy-in from the team, encourages relevant questions from the board, and gives clients and investors confidence in you.
There are unknowns with any business, and often these unknowns cause delays. GamePlan immediately shows how any delay affects your deliverable dates.
If due dates cannot slide, you can easily test changes to your plan, such as adding staff or reducing scope.
GamePlan gives you the information you need to bring your deliverable dates back on time.
Costing is an important part of successful project planning. Project costing allows you to prioritise profitable projects, make informed funding decisions, manage cash flow and track financial performance.
GamePlan makes project costing easy. Simply enter fixed and variable costs for people and equipment, and project costs are automatically calculated.
GamePlan calculates the overall project cost and produces a daily cost schedule. The cost schedule shows you when costs will be incurred, which helps you manage project cash flow.
Need to reduce costs? Show the cost of each task on the Whiteboard to see where you can trim.
You plan your project by drawing your project workflow on the GamePlan Whiteboard. As you plan, the project schedule automatically updates and is displayed in a Gantt chart. Only GamePlan delivers true resource-leveled project scheduling through a visual Whiteboard user experience.
Beware of task mangagement tools (Asana, Monday, Trello,…) that show a Gantt chart. In these tools the start and end dates are entered by the user. This is dangerous because when people see a Gantt chart, they believe it is achievable. When it isn’t, due dates are missed and the team is stressed trying to meet unachievable deadlines.
GamePlan’s Gantt chart is created by GamePlan’s proprietary algorithms which create a schedule that is optimized and achievable.
It’s important to understand the difference between task management tools and project scheduling tools.
Examples of task management tools are Asana, Monday and Trello. Examples of project management tools are Microsoft Project and GamePlan.
With task management tools you create tasks and assign task due dates. These tools show when tasks are due, but give no indication if the dates are achievable. When a delay occurs, these tools tell you that you’re late, but they can’t help you further.
Task management tools work well when a project is NOT time sensitive. However, if time is important, only scheduling tools show you what is achievable and keep you on track to meet the project deliverables.
No more sleepless nights wondering if you can deliver on time. Just check the project status, which is always up to date.
You are back in the driver’s seat. You know that you just have to follow the plan and you will deliver on time and on budget.
GamePlan visually communicates in a way that everyone understands. It is easier to get buy-in when the plan is well understood.
You have a permanent record of the plan and the actuals. This shows you what went well and where you can improve next time.