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Forecast organizes your team’s schedule into visual plans that let you map out your upcoming projects and make smarter resourcing decisions. Forecast's color-coded visual plans make it easy to see how long a project is scheduled to take, who's working on what, and who's overbooked. Forecast makes it easy to assign people to projects and then view your plans either by project or by people. Red bars indicate when an employee is overbooked, so you can move projects and deadlines around before they become burnt out. It's also easy to see when someone has availability to take on a new project and exactly how much time they can devote to it. Share your plans with the entire team so everyone knows what they should be working on, and when. Integrate Forecast with its sister app Harvest to gain insight into project progress and improve your estimating and scheduling. The integration brings the hours you've scheduled in Forecast into Harvest, so you can see exactly when a project will go over budget. Plus you can compare the time you scheduled for someone in Forecast with the time they actually tracked in Harvest, letting you pinpoint potential problem areas.

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Quality Assurance Manager
Internet
Mid-Market
(51-200 employees)
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"Excellent Schedule Management"

What do you like best?

Ease of use is the first thing that comes to mind. Forecast is a simple solution that presents data in an easy to understand way. This makes on-boarding easier across all departments, as assigning and viewing assigned hours is easy. We've found it best in our organization to have one designated super admin, and then at a weekly meeting we spend about 15 minutes discussing and scheduling the work for the week, checking hours for resources and making sure that no one is over/under booked.

What do you dislike?

With that ease of use unfortunately comes some loss (or lack) of information. It's not as detailed as something like JIRA, but it is ahead of the rest in terms of how it visually presents and organizes vital information. While this is a downside, I really don't hold it against Forecast as, again, the simplicity of the visual interface is what sells it for my team.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling, in particular an issue with overbooking resources. Forecast has significantly reduced (1) the back and forth of solving cross-project scheduling conflicts and (2) has helped reduce the times when we have a resource booked for over 8 hours in a day.

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Higher Education
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""Basic, ground-breaking and lovely""

What do you like best?

What I like the most is the booking. I can plainly observe is the group is overallocated or not. Also, the client administration is splendid. At whatever point there is an issue, they can help in a split second and precisely answer the given inquiry. At long last, the activities see. It has numerous helpful highlights and UI is an artful culmination! What's more, It can be chosen what is essential to you and what you need to see when entered the rundown of the activities. Extremely simple to explore and change the information inside the application. It is essentially incredible!

What do you dislike?

Everything is associated, it is an or more however when I am endeavoring to put my qualities, for example, what is the rate done of the undertaking I can't on the grounds that first I need to put every one of the subtleties in the extension tab.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Honnestly, very little - one thing I might want to see however would be a "done" see in the scheduler, with the goal that we can cover the undertakings that were done, and when they were done (we infrequently get customers addressing charging and to have the capacity to send them a screen capture of this would help greatly)

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Asset the board is the greatest thing that estimate causes us with - we can see in a split second on the off chance that we have overbooked ourselves, and we can see the effect that delay has, on the present venture, however the following one, and the one after that as well (and we can see this over all colleagues the snap of a catch)

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(51-200 employees)
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"Great Product for Understanding Company resource Capabilities"

What do you like best?

It allows management and project leads to determine the amount of hours that are being dedicated to various company projects. This provides them with an idea of personal requirements going forward for future business and current clients. The user interface for the tool is very easy to navigate through and not too much of a learning curve is required for the end users to update it regularly.

What do you dislike?

It unfortunately does not have a private view for the end user, in case they want to track projects that the user does not want management, project managers, or other company employees to see. It could have more integration capabilities with other Harvest products, but does offer some useful ones at the moment.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make sure you are aware of limitations if you do not have other Harvest applications, but it is a very useful tool for consulting and resourcing use cases.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to connect the Harvest time tracking application actual hours to the previously forecasted hours, is a very beneficial integration that we currently use. The sole forecasting capabilities of this application have allowed us to maximize employee billable hours and add resources to certain projects in a consulting environment.

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Internet
Small-Business
(11-50 employees)
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"Forecasting for Engineers makes sense!"

What do you like best?

Forecast integrates with Harvest. Creating a project, team, and schedule is extremely easy. Essentially you can map out your engineering teams schedule in advance or for an entire lifecycle of the project. I can add milestones and hours per date - the at a glance view of a full project, forecast, schedule is one of the best features for your PMO.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes its very slow - when trying to make updates it can take a bit of time to actually get it. Could be more performant.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you use Harvest, and need a scheduling tool, I highly recommend this as a first step!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling! Scheduling engineering teams/resources on multiple projects can be a nightmare without the right tool. We use Harvest for time tracking, so having a tool like Forecast that aligns with the project budget hours, makes is super simple to schedule exactly the amount of hours you have available.

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Computer Software
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(51-200 employees)
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"Keeping track"

What do you like best?

Forecast is the way we keep track of resource allotment within the company. We work under a contractor system so this is also the way we keep track of projects and when each statement of work is up. My responsibility is to keep everything up to date and ensuring projects and people are distributed correctly and dates are always updated. Forecast is easy enough to use and to visually keep track of workflows.

What do you dislike?

So far I haven't seen anything memorable I dislike about Forecast.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Forecast helps us keep track of all our project workflows, and as long as we keep it up to date it helps us visualize work loads and helps us keep track of project end dates.

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Computer Software
Small-Business
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"A good project management SaaS tool."

What do you like best?

We use it to manage our software development processes, which has a mix of short 1-2 days tasks and longer multi-month projects. also it's allow direct integration with Harvest thus make this sime and east to use for everyone.

What do you dislike?

This tool would make my life even easier if it had some type of automated reporting that would give me historical data on my teams capacity and project durations for future planning.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm a project manager who has tried MANY different forecasting tools. I was frequently frustrated by forecasting tools that were too exact and cumbersome for agile planning for small teams. Forecast is a great lightweight tool for estimating and understanding capacity of your team in one view.

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"Straightforward and simple!"

What do you like best?

The simplicity of user interface is awesome. Makes it easy to see who is available.

What do you dislike?

People are not auto-added to projects in Harvest if they have been added to a project in Forecast. This makes it double work to add someone in Forecast then remember to go back and add them in Harvest so they can bill time.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a great tool if your business is pretty straight forward. If you have multiple locations and a lot of "tentative" projects to schedule, it isn't as great.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solving problems of knowing which consultants are available and when. The benefit is it makes it easy to assign available consultants to upcoming engagements.

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"Helpful way to see what the team's projected bandwith is!"

What do you like best?

I like being able to see what I'm going to be doing without having to bug anyone, as well as seeing which of my co-workers have bandwidth in case I need a hand on something, without having to ask around. You can also see if you have gone below or over your projected hours as it integrates with Harvest, the time tracker.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes it feels like it's hard to have a recurring project time (say 40 hours a week on a project for months) and add in PTO, it seems like you're working a ton of hours that week unless you go in and tweak each individual day, which is sort of tedious.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

My experience with Forecast is that it does exactly what it says - it helps to forecast what your team is doing! You can see what you are set to do on projects in the future, as well as teammates. It also integrates with Harvest, the time-tracker, which is helpful, so you can see if you have met the expected hours, gone below or over.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making sure that everyone is booked on a project full-time but not going over, seeing when there will be empty bandwidth to put people on new projects or when internal projects can be worked on or when the best time to schedule PTO might be. It also gives a quick look at how projected hours are going vs actual hours.

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Exceptional project management software that does everything our marketing agency needs
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"It is an efficient and practical tool that allows you to manage your resources and presuspuestos "

What do you like best?

I like that it gives you a quick overview of the projects to which I am associated. which is very useful and practical because you save precious time

What do you dislike?

the interface can be a bit tedious and complicated to manage, which complicates the use and speed with which you manage this software

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is quite efficient software that helps you to increase the way in which you communicate with the clients and thus achieve to improve the development of the projects

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"My experience "

What do you like best?

The solution also offers in-depth insights that every member can take a look at. This level of collaboration paves the way to higher efficiency, as everyone is aware of the state of projects and are aware of what they can do to be more productive.

Furthermore, Forecast has time tracking and scheduling tools that let managers and team leaders delegate tasks to those who are able to complete them efficaciously. With these, each member can prioritize immediate responsibilities so that the team can meet its deadlines.

What do you dislike?

They can provide templates for customising according to the projects and other tools for robust project and team management.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For coherent collaboration, intuitive project tracking , smart resource allocation.

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"Great tool for planning out resources!"

What do you like best?

The visual representation helps to easily lay out projects in a bird's eye view for all members to see.

What do you dislike?

With it's simple design, there isn't much I don't like. Yes - the interface could be fancier but at the end of the day, it's the functionality that really matters.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Communication needs to back this tool up. Along with user protocols to make sure all users are implementing and reviewing this as needed.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Resource communication across team.

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"Great support software for our development plan"

What do you like best?

I am absolutely a fan of the user interface and just the ease of use of this product. During our strategic development planning committee we decided to purchase they software to help us forecast areas of growth and likewise areas of diminished returns and we have really seen consistency in its analysis's.

What do you dislike?

While I personally love the interface, we have seen members who are challenged by the workings of the software.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Again we've just seen accurate analysis based on the calculations and algorithms that are set in the software system.

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"Works well"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to use, easy to add employees and programs - integrates with other Harvest tools.

What do you dislike?

Wish it could be more integrated with actual gantt tools. I may be just don't know how but it is not obvious nonetheless.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

If we have enough bandwidth or not.

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"Overall a great experience and fairly simple to use"

What do you like best?

It’s easy to use and the automation makes it quick to pull what I need

What do you dislike?

There is definitely a learning curve when you first start using it. Also I wish it gave you more reporting options in terms of scheduling delivery, timing options and just more metrics overall. I also would like it to have more training materials to help you when you begin.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Forecasting sales for my client by season, market, month and channel. It’s fairly simple to manipulate and update the dimensions.

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Financial Services
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"Good for project management"

What do you like best?

Easy to integrate with Harvest and simple to use

What do you dislike?

Not a very flexible product where employees can work on more than one item

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streamlining of PMO team. Efficiency of team has improved

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"Forecast so you don’t have a rainy day"

What do you like best?

I like that you are able to plan out your day or anything that you like to plan out

What do you dislike?

I do not like that it isn’t the most user friendly, there isn’t an app available and I would like to have it on my hand

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I haven’t had any business issues with it yet I am a new user

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"Good tool for tracking"

What do you like best?

The integration with Harvest makes it an easy process to assign tasks to another team member.

What do you dislike?

It is difficult to see what a team member is working on.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's great for time saving.

Forecast Pricing

Forecast Features

  • Task Creation and Assignment
  • Due Dates
  • Task Prioritization
  • Collaborative Project Planning
  • Gantt Chart / Project Map
  • Project Budgeting

Forecast User Ratings

9.3
Ease of Use
Average: 8.6*
8.2
Quality of Support
Average: 8.6*
9.3
Ease of Setup
Average: 8.4*
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