Project Management tools that offer “Resource Leveling”

Tool Cost What it does What it doesn't do
Microsoft Project
https://products.office.com/en-us/project/project-online-professional
$30 per user per month (if you pay monthly)
  • Has a lightweight online version to show workers their tasks, but for resource leveling you need the full program which requires Windows
  • Has a button "Resource > Level All" which you click to perform resource leveling
  • "What-if" scenarios can be tested by coping the file
  • No Mac/Linux version
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
LiquidPlanner
https://www.liquidplanner.com/
$45 per project manager per month (minimum 5 users).
Free for workers to see their tasks.
  • Web-based tool
  • Has a view (costing nothing) for workers to see their tasks
  • Workers still see tasks even if they are blocked by other dependencies
  • Range estimates to capture uncertainty ("we think this will take min 1 day, max 2 days")
  • Shows resource utilization ("when will each of my employees run out of work?")
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No "what-if" scenarios
Calligra Plan
https://www.calligra.org/plan/
Free and open source
  • Desktop application, mainly for Linux (also has Windows and Mac versions)
  • Looks actively maintained (last release 6 months ago at the time of writing)
  • Not obvious how to install it on Mac or Windows
  • No view for workers to see what their tasks are
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
  • No "what-if" scenarios
Gantter
https://www.gantter.com/
$5 per user per month
  • Web-based tool
  • Use the menu option "auto-level resources" and instantly see the new plan (no wait for server-side calculations)
  • Tasks can be marked as "pinned" (you specify start/end date) or not (auto-leveling algorithm predicts start/end dates)
  • Designed to look visually similar to MS Project
  • No view for workers to see what their tasks are
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
  • No "what-if" scenarios
Gantt Chart Project for Jira
http://www.jiraproject.com/confluence/display/JRAGANTT/Gantt+Chart+Project+for+Jira
$10 per month for up to 10 users, $6 per user per month thereafter
  • A module within Jira; good if you're already using Jira
  • Can import MS Project files
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
  • No "what-if" scenarios
Kelloo
https://www.kelloo.com/
$29 per user per month for the basic version (12 month plans), $49 per user per month for 3x "what if" scenarios
  • After you make a change, click a button to recalculate, then click again to refresh the schedule once it's recalculated.
  • Allows you to ask questions like "what if I add another developer?" without actually changing the live plan.
  • Very slow and clunky!
  • No view for workers to see what their tasks are
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
Merlin
https://www.projectwizards.net/en/products/merlin-project/what-is
$13 per user per month
  • Mac-only desktop application
  • Resource utilization (view to see how long workers have work for)
  • Calculate expected costs of a project in addition to time
  • No Windows or Linux versions
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view for workers to see what their tasks are
  • No "what-if" scenarios
OmniPlan
https://www.omnigroup.com/omniplan/
$300 one-time payment
  • Mac desktop application, or iOS app
  • Offers advanced Monte-Carlo simulation for predicting schedules
  • Click Shift-Command-L to level resources, or enable "automatic leveling' in the Project menu
  • No Windows or Linux versions
  • No view for workers to see what their tasks are
  • No range estimates to capture uncertainty
  • No view of estimated predicted costs
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
  • No "what-if" scenarios
TaskJuggler
http://taskjuggler.org/
Free and open source
  • Command-line application, no GUI (neither web nor desktop)
  • Store your plan in text files and edit them with a text editor
  • No GUI!
  • No view to see how long workers have work for (resource utilization)
  • Looks unmaintained. Most recent release was in 2016, before that 2013, lots of docs are from 2006

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See also: What is Resource Leveling and Why Do You Need It?.

This article is © Adrian Smith.
It was originally published on 15 Aug 2018
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