Hub Planner Updates: Scheduler 2.0, Dashboard, New Extensions

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hub-planner-logoInnovative SaaS resource scheduler Hub Planner releases important upgrades to its platform. With 10 years experience in hosted digital management, Hub Planner is on the leading edge of resource scheduling. Now available, these updates introduce Scheduler 2.0 and enhance the project dashboard.

1. Scheduler 2.0

Hub Planner’s new schedule view mode is the most significant change. The new “view mode” button in the upper left-hand corner offers different options. Now you can view the schedule from either the Single Row mode or Group Mode. Most managers find it handy to flip back and forth during the allocation of resources. Hubplanner also made changes to improve the toolbar, context menus, and resource and project data.

Single Row

Single Row viewing is the traditional layout. In this mode, all projects are displayed in one row. You can easily see all of your bookings in the row and quickly resolve conflicts. This layout also has a heat mapping function to help measure capacity during allocation. The update here is a new project/resource mode. This layout shifts the focus from resources to projects. This is convenient when you need to move resources around a project.  Also now available, the ability to move multiple items with control+command.

Group Mode

In Group Mode, the layout shifts to parent rows with associated items. This intuitive layout is a quick filter for milestone planning. With just one click, you can easily view all the resources dedicated to a project. Similarly, you can look at a resource and view all of the in-flight projects. From here, it’s a relatively easy point, click and drag to manage milestones.

 

View 2.0

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2. Project Dashboard

Hub Planner made major updates to both the Team Dashboard and the Team Dashboard Pro. Both received new project widget pods for scheduling, budgeting, reporting and tasks. Pro users now have access to a smart date range picker.

Date Range picker

Located in the top right, this tool shows time broken into several “smart buckets”.  This allows you to query different ranges and runs comparisons to previous dates. Once you select a date range, all of the pods automatically update to reflect the chosen time frame.

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Schedule Pod

Now on all dashboards, this pod includes enhanced reporting for project time. With the addition of the unassigned time extension, you have an accurate report of all time as it compares to the total scheduled time.

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Reported Time Pod

This pod enhances the information from the Timesheets and Timesheets approval extensions. Using information culled from these extensions, you have a dynamic, visual display of time across the entire project.  Finally, the pod shows how the reported time impacts the overall project.

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Budget Pod

This pod enables displays to show the total time spent on the project. It’s flexible enough to display data as either cash or hours. Now, no one is in the dark about how the project is pacing to budget.

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There’re two new pods for users who have task extensions installed. The first is a project milestone pod. This pod displays a side by side breakdown of the project timeline vs the project dates. This easily expands for access to the data in larger, more complex projects. The second tasks’ pod is the project charts pod.  Using data culled from the unassigned time extension, this pod presents a graph and a pie chart.

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Conclusion

Hub Planner wants to replace cumbersome spreadsheet-based project planning. The updates to their core functions push the platform closer to their goal. The multiple view options in View 2.0 simplifies the process of keeping projects in line with resources and the project Dashboard enhancements are worth the price of admission. These dynamic, easy to read pods allow immediate reporting on even the most complex projects. Follow Hubplanner on FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn.

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith

Joshua Smith is a life long writer with over 20 years' experience in the corporate sector. He now writes about project management software.

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