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How to establish a workload plan without Excel?

November 10, 2021
3 min
How to establish a workload plan without Excel?
Content manager

Before switching to a dedicated workload management tool, many companies start by managing their workload plans with Excel. And who can blame them? Excel is still a powerful tool, but that only applies to resource management as long as you don't have more than 10 employees!

However, the longevity of a company requires it to evolve with the times. Thus, Excel has many limitations and weaknesses, with disastrous consequences on the organization and project management. Napta takes stock!

Should you use Excel for workload planning?

Excel is a calculation software. Yet, managing a workload plan is not only a matter of making calculations, but many criteria also come into play. Therefore, by its very nature, Excel is not suitable for this purpose. Most companies that start managing workload with Excel end up confronted with real difficulties, wasting a prejudicial time following up on their projects:

Learn more: Why you should not use Excel as your resource management tool?

Should you use an ERP for workload planning?

Many companies turn to their ERP tool to overcome the limitations of Excel. However, this tool also has its own limitations in terms of resource management:  

Among other things, workload planning without Excel, but using an ERP, can have a significant impact on company profitability.  

How to set up an efficient workload management tool?

Workload planning without Excel is definitely an option! Here are 3 tips you can follow to implement an efficient workload planning tool in your company.

Draw up specifications

It is important that all stakeholders are in tune with the new workload planning tool. So start by creating a set of specifications that will reflect all the needs of your company.  

To do that, bring together all the future users of your workload planning tool: resource managers, operations managers, project managers and team leaders. This is the ideal time to carry out a brainstorming session that will help you clarify the objectives and identify the problems that the solution must solve. Don't hesitate, to share the key success factors, as well as all the risk factors.

Things you should remember to include in the specifications for your workload planning tool:

Focus on tools providing dynamic reporting

Once you have completed your specifications, look for a workload planning tool that meets all your needs. In addition to that, it is very important that it is provides centralized data analysis and dynamic reporting.  

Indeed, your workload plan must centralise both project data and individual or global workload and must also allow monitoring of the provisional vs. actual resource allocation.  

This way, you can fine-tune your working methods as the project progresses and your workload plan will perfectly adjusts to the slightest changes.

Adopt a dedicated workload management tool

Napta develops a management solution, in line with managers assignment. This all-in-one platform ensures :

Let’s sum up!

Before embarking on an Excel workload plan perilous journey, ask yourself if it is the best solution! Although this is an easily accessible software, it does not provide the necessary functionalities to manage resources.  

The key to successful resource management is to use the right tool! Refine your needs for all your projects: human resources, budget, time allocation, deadlines, etc., without forgetting to define each milestone and your objectives.

Would you like to find out more? We've got plenty of resources to help you go further.

To complement this topic, find our template "The perfect load plan for successful deployment" .

See also our guides, templates and checklists in the Resources tab.

See you soon at Napta!

To find out how Napta can help you manage your workload on a daily basis, discover our dedicated module through a personalized demonstration of our solution.

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