Extended support to simulate and create scenarios and possibility to specify competence in resource requests are some of the news in Antura Projects 5.11.

Improved support to simulate and create scenarios

Antura Projects now has extended support to simulate and create scenarios. It is now possible to simulate external dependencies between projects and to extend projects.

Simulate with external dependencies between projects

Thanks to the extended support for external dependencies it is now possible to see and compare how external dependencies are affected when projects are scheduled earlier and/or postponed. Using the setting "Show external dependencies" in the toolbar, it is possible to select whether external dependencies are shown or hidden.

Dependencies are illustrated as arrows in the view, where the color of the arrow indicates whether the dependency is in temporal conflict or not:

  • Black – The dependency is not in temporal conflict
  • Red – The dependency is in temporal conflict
  • Grey – The dependency is not in temporal conflict and at least one of the projects is excluded from the scenario
  • Orange – The dependency is in temporal conflict and at least one of the projects is excluded from the scenario

It is also possible to view detailed information about the existing dependencies for a project, by hovering over or clicking the figure of the corresponding row in columns "Predecessors" and "Successors".

Simulate with external dependencies

The view has been updated to visually be consistent with other views with Gantt schedule representation in the system. The color scheme of accrual data outside of a project's duration has been changed so that this part now appear in a lighter tone instead of a darker tone.

Possibility to extend projects

Projects can be extended on the part of the project that is left after the current month. When extending a project, accrual data, such as costs and resources, for the period will be spread out over the new (longer) period.

A project is red on the part from the project start up to, and including, the current month. The part of the project which can be extended is blue. Projects can have the following colors:

  • Historical period – Indicates that the project or period of the project is historical
  • Coming period – Indicates that the project or period of project is coming
  • Accrual data – Historical/ Coming accrual data before or after the project’s duration
  • Excluded project – Indicates that the project is excluded from the scenario
  • Original position – Indicates the original position of a moved project
  • Extended period – Indicates the extension of a project

The above information will be shown in the bottom right corner of the view if hovering over the icon:

  • Information – Shows the colors and patterns that a project can have and a short description of each

Extend projects

A new column, with column header “Extended”, has been added to the left part of the view. It shows the number of months that a project has been extended. The previous column “Diff” has been renamed to “Moved” and shows the number of months that a project has been moved forward or backward in time. In these columns there is also a new button to reset the project to its original position.

Possibility to request a specific competence

Antura Projects now has support for requesting role and organizational units based on competence. Specific competencies and levels of competence can be specified when requesting roles or organizational units. This new functionality is available for projects where resource request is active.

Creating competence requests

In the views for resource planning, where resources are requested and planned, a new column for competence requests has been added. The column header is a yellow star. Selected roles or organisational units have a grey or yellow icon in the column:

  • Grey – Indicates that no specific competence is specified
  • Yellow – Indicates that one or more competencies are specified

Clicking the grey or yellow icon for a chosen role opens the dialog ”Competence requests”. The dialog is used to specify the desired competence. In addition to competence and competence level, it is possible to specify the distribution of the required competencies.

Competence requests

Competence requests work as support when requesting resources and can only be used in combination with role or organizational unit. However it is possible to request the role “Undefined role” and specify competence requirements.

Assigning competence requests

The view that resource owners use as basis for assigning resources has been extended with the corresponding columns for competence level and requested competencies in a similar way as in the views for resource requests and planning.

Antura Projects as a tool will not enforce that the resource allocation fulfils the requested competencies. The tool assists with information but the resource owner can choose to override this and assign another resource if preferred.

Improved performance in the view Project place – Schedule – Standard

Thanks to a brand new grid Control, in one of the views that is used most frequently in Antura Projects, the view now has improved performance and a more responsive interface. More logic is managed on the client instead of the web server, which results in faster response times and better user experience.