FAQ

 

What does the software actually do?

We offer a software-as-a-service web application that given unprecedented control, and data visualization power to project managers via resource curve manipulation -- per resource, per project and in aggregate for teams.

  1. The project level, so that scheduling updates are made with full cognizance of their impact on a person’s broader schedule.

  2. The skill-set / resource type level, so that re-assignments can be made visually by discipline.

  3. The group and organization level so that insight can be gleaned as it relates to higher level planning, sales focus, hiring strategy.

The benefits start with a dramatic reduction in the effort in creating and maintaining project plans. The end-result is a truly novel means to forecast and address capacity bottlenecks well before they hit.

 

How is this different than a project management tools?

Carv.io is the first portfolio management solution that takes a systems theory approach. It applies data science, statistics and machine learning to the problem of resourcing visibility and capacity forecasting. And is the first system in its class to serve decision-makers with "recommendation engine" for short-term resourcing and long term staffing strategies.

 

Does this replace my current project management tools?

Carv does not replace these tools, however, we have found resource modeling allows managers to significantly reduce the time spent documenting hours and assigning tasks. Carv aggregates data from existing tools so you can use it to make strategic staffing decisions. Let’s look at these …

  • The ERP stays intact, remaining the proper authority on staffing essentials. Carv connects to the ERP to pull and sync core staffing information and group, division or pod structures.

  • Project and task-management systems stay intact. Carv connects to project management and task planning applications to derive fundamental project data. We have no interest in competing to be the millionth project management system on the market.

  • Time log systems stay intact. Carv connects to work logging data sources to inform capacity models. We also have no interest in competing to be the millionth time tracker on the market.

  • The CRM stays intact, remaining the established source of sales pipeline data and associated confidence levels.

  • The scheduling software itself stays intact (too!). There is nothing inherently “wrong” with the approach of that more linear scheduling apps take. And as long as these tools provide API connection points, they too might provide key raw project and assignments data that Carv utilizes to support informed short to long term resource planning decisions.

Rather, with these pillars of core “throughput” data established, the fun begins. Carv, as an aggregator - not owner - of these data-sets, enables resource planners to truly plan, instead of endlessly getting swamped in the maintenance of ever more competing data authorities.

Where do we think current project management tools fall short?

Consumer-facing project management solutions take a brute force approach, asking traffic managers to diligently (and vigilantly!) plot every hour (even down to the minute) of scheduled work. The theory here being that with 100% coverage or transparency, bottlenecks can be avoided.

Shortcoming of these solutions are

  1. they require massive efforts up front and continuously to feed the software this level of granular data;

  2. at the end of all that data entry and curation, the output generally focuses on fairly very short term providing little by way of forecasting insight; and

  3. perhaps most critically, frame the problem with a bias towards the known (i.e. contracted and thus high confidence level scheduling) vs the future (i.e. speculative, or sales pipeline).

 

Why do you use curves to represent a resource's time allocated to a project?

Because, the time a resource must allocate to a project is not linear throughout the project lifecycle. Some projects have long ramp up periods, some have long tails of maintenance or user education, and some have seemingly random spurts of work. Our Curves account for all of the variability so you can get a realistic sense of when your team is busy and when they are not.  

 

Any other questions?

Get in touch! Message on social media or send us an email. info@carv.io