OPUS provides KLUSA with new staffing shortage views for portfolio and line planning

The Munich-based IT company OPUS is adding an attractive functional enhancement to the KLUSA project management tool KLUSA in version 8.8 offering a real surplus to customers and other interested parties in the area of resource management. The Resource Availability analysis, already existing in the single project and single pool view, have now also been implemented as a multi-project and multi-pool report in the MANAGEMENT and RESOURCES modules. As a result, staffing shortages are immediately obvious and companies can quickly take appropriate actions.

What does the functional enhancement actually do?

KLUSAs Resource Availability analysis compares the current maximum capacity of a resource with the sum of the requested man-days of system-wide projects either at a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual level. At the same time, the resource capacity can be calculated automatically by working time models, location calendars or entered manually in the resource pool.

In addition to a table that is sorted by projects, KLUSA also offers workload charts with various grouping options in multi-project and multi-pools views. This is helpful for a quick graphical overview of individual resources.

In order to get a better overview of project portfolios, you can use a new grouping function to bundle all projects at the second level of the table, e.g. by departments, customers, locations, classifications, etc.

Furthermore, we implemented the Capacity Overrun mode additionally to the standard mode – easily be changed via drop-down menu. This new mode only highlights capacity overruns and thus provides a quick overview of real staffing shortages. This is especially helpful for a change of perspective from rough to detailed view.

Summary:

KLUSAs new multi-project and multi-pool Resource Availability views provide project portfolio or line managers with a detailed overview of the projects’ or resource pools’ capacity distribution. Due to this enhancement, capacity overruns are now easily to identify to the full extent. The advantage for companies is evident, as earlier and more targeted intervention are crucial parameters to maintain not only the project’s but also the company’s success.

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