It’s Thursday afternoon and your client calls, and wants to know if their website design project is on budget. A moment of panic sets in. It’s been awhile since you last monitored the project. You pull up your Resource Allocation Dashboard and see that it’s over budget by 100 hours, and you still have another month to go on the project. It’s a common, but preventable, scenario. Sometimes the “management” part slides once a project is up and running. But that’s when the real work begins: from shifting allocated hours to adding or removing staffers from a project. You can do these things with BigTime’s resource allocation. Resource allocation is the process of managing your resources, like staffers and budgets. Software, like BigTime, makes that process easier, but it’s up to you to take advantage of the benefits it offers. There are three simple ways to use resource allocation effectively. Read on to learn more. capacity. Based on the image above, Jason’s capacity is 40 hours (in gray font next to his name). However, some weeks he’s over capacity (indicated by the red totals) and others he’s under capacity (indicated by the green totals). At the same time, keep an eye on the Key Members graph found on the Resource Allocation Dashboard. It’s a quick way to see which staffers are over their budgeted hours. Hover over a bar graph to get the exact numbers. weekly or monthly resource allocation reports. We have several pre-built reports to make the process seamless. With these reports, you’ll identify which staffers are over and under capacity. Or you’ll notice gaps in your planning. For example, maybe you forgot to allocate hours to a project over a holiday week. Resource allocation is a powerful tool that takes the guesswork out of business planning. Use the above suggestions to get the most of this tool and your BigTime experience.