5 reasons why Runn is the best resource management tool for IT teams

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In this installment of “5 reasons Why…” I’m presenting one of the newest tools in the resource management space – Runn. Since 2018, Runn has made a name for itself, now being used by software teams around the globe. Here’s my 5 reasons why you should try out Runn for your professional services team…

1. High-level resource and capacity planning

Runn takes a high-level approach to planning – don’t spend more time planning than executing! Runn is a beautifully dynamic tool that showcases the workload for your projects and people at a glance.

Get a bird’s eye view of your project and resourcing plans and easily spot who is over and underutilized. See the impact of changes at a business level, and drill into specific roles, teams, and groups of people–right from the planning interface. You can also see how workload is looking in the short and long term, and whether you have the capacity to deliver potential, tentative projects.

2. Quick and easy resource scheduling and project planning

Planning in Runn is simple and intuitive. Simply drag-and-drop time allocations and phases to create them, and right-click to edit. Choose from a monthly, quarterly and half-yearly view to create and view your plans in advance. You can even keep your project budget in mind when planning with the live budget tracker. This lets you see how much an allocation of time is going to cost to your project as you draw them in the planner.

Runn has a unique workflow for placeholder allocations – the work that isn’t yet assigned to someone. Fully plan your projects even if you don’t yet have someone with the right skills at the right time. You can transfer the work to an actual person later down the line.

3. Compare your plans with reality

Runn’s built-in timesheets are some of the simplest ones out there. Only manually enter time if what you worked differs from what was scheduled. Or go one step further and autofill your timesheets with Runn’s Time Tracker Chrome extension as your team fills them in.

Pull valuable insights including the variance of scheduled versus actual time worked and staff productivity, so that you can build better plans for future projects.

If you prefer to use your own timesheet or time tracker tool, Runn has native integrations with Clockify, WorkflowMax and Harvest. You can also build your own integration with your preferred tool using Runn’s API.

4. Track, measure, and adjust your plans

Runn is built with project managers in mind. With a variety of project tracking and forecasting insights, know how your projects are progressing against the budget and plan. Each project has a dashboard with key performance metrics depending on the project type (time and materials, fixed price or internal project are all supported).

See cost, revenue, and profitability forecasts for an in-depth look at the health of your projects and to be aware of potential challenges before they come issues.

5. Powerful business intelligence and reporting

Runn provides visibility over the financial health of the business. Filter the reports and charts by a number of fields including role, team, tag and client to view important data and KPIs for each group. Adjust the date range of your reports and view the data by week, month or quarter. See how tentative projects will impact your numbers, and determine whether you should pursue them.

You can also export all reports to CSV files to use in your own reporting.

Ready to try it?

Get more information about Runn and its features, and then try it out with a 14-day free trial.


Brad Egeland

Brad Egeland is a Business Solution Designer and IT/PM consultant and author with over 25 years of software development, management, and project management experience leading initiatives in Manufacturing, Government Contracting, Creative Design, Gaming and Hospitality, Retail Operations, Aviation and Airline, Pharmaceutical, Start-ups, Healthcare, Higher Education, Non-profit, High-Tech, Engineering and general IT. He has been named the “#1 Provider of Project Management Content in the World” with over 7,000 published articles, eBooks, white papers and videos. Brad is married, a father of 11, and living in sunny Las Vegas, NV. Visit Brad’s site at http://www.bradegeland.com/.