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Time tracking and resource planning tool suggestions?

Hey we are currently using harvest and forecast,

But our head of people is having some issues with Forecast and wanted to look to some alternatives for project/account planning and time tracking.

Any ideas on what you guys feel are best?

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PhilipLakin's avatar
almost 2 years ago

After evaluating several options on this front, we chose Timely at Compass. Loved it so much we even did a case study on it. It is the best combination of automation and privacy for people tracking their time, which yields the most powerful results IMO. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!

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faruque's avatar
almost 2 years ago

From my Setapp subscription I got to try out Timing and Timemator. Then tried Toggl too. All of them felt like extra work, and none of them made me feel more productive.

I'm now trying out Horo Pro (https://matthewpalmer.net/horo-free-timer-mac/horo-pro.html). It's Mac only though. But so far, I'm very happy with it. It has natural language processing to start the timers. It support count down, stop watch, and scheduled timers. I'm able to export a report to CSV, and get some other features in the pro version. Horo also has a free app (https://matthewpalmer.net/horo-free-timer-mac/)

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maguay's avatar
@maguay (replying to @faruque )
almost 2 years ago

Woah that looks super simple—I'll have to give Horo a shot. Thanks!

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chris_elly's avatar
@chris_elly (replying to @faruque )
almost 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing Horo! I love the simplicity

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mattpluggedin's avatar
almost 2 years ago

I used Harvest at my former startup and it was fine, but I've really enjoyed using Toggl at my current startup. It has a nice clean UI that gets out of the way, and native apps for all platforms. It also has an integration with Todoist that makes it really powerful for tracking time against specific todo items without having to use a separate tool.

Haven't used Forecast, so I can't speak to what would be a good alternative for that.

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bludrop's avatar
@bludrop (replying to @mattpluggedin )
almost 2 years ago

Toggl is nice, but seems to be on the more expensive end for important features like project reporting, etc. (at least it was previously).

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0xHaas's avatar
almost 2 years ago

Depends on how many people, and ultimately what you are tracking. If you're looking to maximize every dollar spent, something like Timing may suffice here -- it will pester anyone even when they walk away for a bit what they were doing. But, this can be super obtrusive (and was ultimately why I removed it). I'd suggest Toggl for the best balance of usability while still getting quite accurate time recordings.

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-Lee-'s avatar
almost 2 years ago

Depends what sort of resource planning you are trying to do but we are an agency who run have many projects on our team at the same time. I found Meisterplan was the only solution that met our needs and was easy to use.

Why we loved it
- We can import existing projects from Jira or Smartsheet
- You can look at capacity per person or per role
- You can easily do what if scenarios;
- what if this project is delayed, just drag it and watch capacity in real time
- You can also look at the impacts of capacity if you win project x or y by easily dragging them

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bludrop's avatar
almost 2 years ago

We have this same question. We love Harvest (especially its easy summary reporting features), but Forecast is very cumbersome to use and not working with our workflows and constantly changing projects as well as it could. I would also be very interested in what else people are using for the resource planning/management piece (especially in conjunction with Harvest or with a serious Harvest replacement).

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