Future Load Graph
Predict Resource Demand and Output,
Analyze Resource Load & Detect Bottlenecks
with AI-Driven Future Load Graph
By analyzing the data on the graph, you can estimate the demand and output your resource groups are most likely to produce.
Use the Future Load graph to predict overload and detect bottlenecks (if any) to ensure timely delivery of your multiple projects.
- If the graph is under the zero line, the resource or the group is underloaded (has less tasks than they could do),
- If it’s over the zero line, they’re overloaded (can’t cope with their tasks).
Load Analysis: Learn What Overwhelms Your Resources
Get information about the tasks and projects which make your resources overloaded.
Just select the period on the graph where you can see overload and enable the Load Analysis. In a couple of seconds you will see the list of tasks (with all related information) that are overwhelming your resource/group.
From this page, you can jump to the Task Card to see what competences are required for its completion and find an available resource with the same skills to reassign this task to (within the group for individual users or to another group for group analysis).
Inactive Project Analysis: Explore Your Groups’ Workload Upon Adding Extra (Inactive) Projects to the Pipeline
Carry out a more detailed analysis involving inactive projects to see how loaded your resources will be in the future if you start them. The dashed line on the graph is the load coming from the inactive projects.
Based on the analysis, you can try different variants of reassigning the constraining tasks to other resources or moving milestones to avoid overload.
What is a bottleneck and why does it have
a harmful effect on your workflow?
A bottleneck is an overloaded resource, who cannot do the demanded scope of work on time, and therefore, hampers the whole workflow. The effect of a bottleneck can be dramatic:
- Together with the delayed work, this can lead to missed project due dates;
- Overloaded resources are stressed, their productivity drops, which can result in burnout.
- It makes other resources idle, which then become a bottleneck, too. This is the vicious cycle.
This is why one of the essential rules of the Epicflow approach to resource management is “Make sure not a single resource is overloaded”.
Bottleneck Analysis: Be in the Know of the Most Overwhelmed Groups and Take Measures to Balance the Load
Order resource groups and individual resources inside them within the chosen timeframe by the following criteria:
- By an average overload
- By an average underload
- Peak load
This feature of the Future Load Graph lets you understand which resource group is most overwhelmed at your company and take measures to eliminate this bottleneck.
You can open a Task Card of the most constraining task and go to the Resource Allocation Advisor to find another resource for it (the one who has necessary competences, capacity, and is currently available) inside this group or outside of it.