Float Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Float is a resource planning and management software for today’s modern teams. It provides a streamlined way to add projects and teams, and let you schedule tasks in seconds. With live tracking, you can plan projects, set budgets, and make forecasts using accurate data. A drag-and-drop interface and mobile apps allow you to edit tasks and log actual hours easily. Everyone on the team works on the latest information and real-time notification alerts all involved of any changes.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Resource scheduling – Float provides the schedule workspace to let you plan projects, manage team capacity, and monitor overtime and time-off. Choose from a people view or a projects view of the schedule. Quickly set the details to a task that you can label for status monitoring. Use drag-and-drop and shortcuts to edit tasks easily. It has a powerful search and an activity feed that notifies you and your team of changes as they happen.
- Capacity management – The resource management software provides instant visibility of who’s busy and who’s not. From the People tab, you can manage your team’s availability, set individual work hours, add public holidays, and more. You can organize your team into searchable groups by adding job titles and tags, and assigning them to departments. Set default work hours and days of individual team members. Every member can set a scheduled status so others know where they are and what they are working on. Other features include unassigned roles and waiting tasks to manage future hires and tasks.
- Multi-project planning planning, Time tracking, Forecasting, Reports, Integrations, and more – Float has a dedicated projects view that covers multiple projects to help show competing milestones and monitor budgets. You can directly reallocate resources based on real-time availability. A built-in time tracking application lets your team log in hours in a single click using native mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. You can accurately compare estimates against actual hours to get a live picture of your project’s progress. It pre-fills a timesheet based on schedule. A project summary report shows team utilization and project progress. You can also access data via team capacity to get the right numbers that matter. The software integrates with Jira, Teamwork Projects, Google Calendar, Outlook, Slack, Zapier, and SSO services.
Float offers two simple plans. For resource planning, pay $5 per person per month. Or you can pay yearly and get a 15 percent savings. You pay only for the people you schedule. If you want to add time tracking to your resource planning, pay $10 per person per month, or pay yearly to get a 15 percent savings. This plan lets you track time, compare estimates vs actuals, and allows you to log hours instantly using the mobile app. Both plans include unlimited projects, unlimited access, 24-hour support, a record 99.5 percent uptime since 2012, and personal data protection in compliance with Privacy Shield. A free 30-day trial period is also available.
Social Network Presence
Float is ideal for co-located and remote teams in design, digital, and marketing agencies, studios, and firms of all sizes. It is popular also with companies in the computer software, IT services, public relations and communications, media production, education, internat, motion pictures and film, and other industries.
Some of their Clients
Clients include BuzzFeed, Hulu, Intercom, Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, and Deloitte.
Georgia McGillivray as head of the operations team ensures that their mostly remote project teams have what they need to do their best work. She chose Float for the company because it is intuitive and simple. It mapped well to their current processes in place and helped them evolve things. Compared to spreadsheets they previously use, the software allowed their design team to quickly see what their team is working on.
Charlie Hartley has tried various methods to manage the workflow of the digital agency he founded, but with limited success. They tried project management tools but it made the management more difficult and caused a lot of problems. When Float was officially deployed across the whole agency, they got a unified solution that offered flexible resource scheduling, a simple process for employees to track time, and a powerful reporting on their project data.
Float provides a single solution for planning projects and scheduling the team’s time. Float makes it easy to schedule resources especially when your managing multiple projects. You are able to forecast more accurately with its resource capacity and team utilization tools, and avoid overbooking. And with built-in time tracking, you can easily compare your estimates against actual hours. Customers across more than 150 countries have scheduled over 5.5 million tasks using the software.
Float is a product of Pixel Paddock, LLC, a privately held business software development company with headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, USA. It was founded in 2012 by Glenn Rogers, Lars Gelfan, and Yaron Schoen. The company is a fully remote team spread across ten cities, six countries, and growing. Its goal is to make resource scheduling simple, and have been continuing to help teams plan for the future, so they can save time today.