Meisterplan

Meisterplan

Multi-project resource management

4.7/5 (36 reviews)

Meisterplan Overview

Meisterplan is a cloud-based project portfolio management and resource management tool. Businesses can easily see resource availability and capacity, gain visibility into projects, prioritize and align project portfolios to strategies, and generate real-time scenario simulations with Meisterplan.

With Meisterplan, users will gain an understanding of the overall project portfolio and resource management across the organization. Meisterplan helps users find the optimal mix of projects with the right people and the best timing as well as ensuring that projects are aligned to strategy, so that businesses can be sure that their project portfolio is realistic and achievable.

Users will gain transparency into resource availability and capacity, so that they can match the most qualified resources to the right projects. With real-time scenario simulations, businesses will be able to quickly react to any changes or problems that arise.

Pricing

Starting from
EUR 199.00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

English, French, German

Meisterplan Reviews

Overall rating
4.7/5
97% positive reviews
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Bredon J.

Nothing else like it for the money

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 13/07/2017
Review Source: GetApp

Pros

Meisterplan filled a significant gap for us in understanding how we are utilizing our capacity. We now have a much better idea when we need to either say no to new projects or adjust timelines and team members assigned to projects. We use a couple of other project management tools, but nothing that gives us a high-level view of things like this. It brought our stress level down to manageable levels.

Cons

Meisterplan is a very complex, feature-packed tool. This steepens the learning curve on the user interface a little bit. However, I think it is the easiest to use of any of the tools I've been exposed to. At a fraction of the price of many enterprise-level tools, I'm not complaining.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Thomas W.

Everyday a Meisterplan Day

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 22/02/2017
Review Source: Capterra

Thanks to the simplicity of the product and its excellent usability the Project Portfolio Process PPM was wholistically optimized and strategic decisioning for projects ensured. Eager to further enhance maturity of PPM with Future releases of the Product.

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Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Anton Z.

Best product for portfolio management with resource bottleneck

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 07/03/2017
Review Source: Capterra

I've chosen Meisterplan among 50+ PM tools due to easy-to-use resource allocation and project aligning features. Most suitable for high-level roadmap planning having limited resources for project development.

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Chris D.

Meisterplan is an excellent Resource Management tool

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 09/01/2018
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The visual interface makes the software intuitive to understand and use. For Resource Management, I have found few other tools that can match the capabilities of MP. Definitely love the scenario comparison function. While it is pretty easy to get up and running, you can get more complex the more comfortable you are with the tool.

Cons

There isn't much not to like, although more robust and out of the box integration with other tools would be helpful. Just keep in mind that this really excels at resource management.

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Thomas M.

Only Option in it's class

Reviewed on 23/07/2015
Review Source: GetApp

This is the only tool I've found that gives us the insight we need to make important decisions about when to start projects and when to hire. If you operate staffing for an agency you'll know that it can be difficult to determine exactly how many people of any given role you'll need 3-6-12 months out. This tool can help you align your hiring needs with your sales pipeline. Help you to determine when to pull the trigger with clients as well as new hires. The insight this tool provides has proven invaluable to our organization.

Pros

The only tool in it's class that provides capacity planning and projections to help coordinate hiring and sales leads.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
Customer Support

Meisterplan Pricing

Starting from
EUR 199.00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
One Time License
Subscription
Value for money

Resource-based pricing starting at $199/month

Starter package: €199/month for 1-20 resources

Business packages: starting at €299/month for 21-30 resources, up to €2,999/month for 401-500 resources.

All prices based on annual payment.

Enterprise packages are available on request for more than 500 resources. Contact Meisterplan for more information.

Meisterplan Features

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Gantt Charts
  • Prioritizing
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Third Party Integration

  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Tracking
  • Timesheets

Additional information for Meisterplan

Key features of Meisterplan

  • "What if" scenarios
  • Activity dashboard
  • Activity management
  • Activity tracking
  • Availability indicator
  • Benefit/revenue budget
  • Budget tracking
  • Business goals
  • Business intelligence
  • Business scenarios
  • CA PPM integration
  • Capacity simulation
  • Capex budegt
  • Categorization
  • Charting
  • Communication management
  • Cost and benefits
  • Custom fields
  • Data import/export
  • Data visualization
  • Delivery tracking
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Excel integration
  • Expense tracking
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial management
  • Gantt charts
  • Goal setting / tracking
  • Graphical data presentation
  • KPI and Tableau integration
  • MS Project integration
  • Milestone tracking
  • Opex budget
  • Planning tools
  • Portfolio management
  • Portfolio scoring
  • Prioritizing
  • Program management
  • Project budgeting
  • Project management
  • Project planning
  • Project portfolio planning
  • Project templates
  • Project tracking
  • Projections
  • Real time analytics
  • Real time data
  • Resource management
  • Resource management
  • Resource simulation
  • Resource skills
  • Resource staffing
  • Resource utilization
  • Role-based permissions
  • Scenario planning
  • Template management
  • Third party integration
  • User activity monitoring
  • User rights management

Benefits

  • Create achievable plans that put your resources in the center of your project portfolio. Gain the ability to set true priorities so that you are clear on what can and cannot get done. Productively collaborate across teams, departments and locations with smooth integrations, global scenario planning and clear and concise reporting.

  • Resource Management benefits: Quickly react to new challenges, spot and resolve resource bottlenecks and easily simulate changes to resource utilization with a simple drag-and-drop. Visualize your entire organization's staffing situation including transparency into other departments on a need to know basis.

  • Project Portfolio Management benefits: Ensure that you have chosen the right projects, by aligning your entire project portfolio to your corporate strategy. Share the project portfolio planning with key people by creating integrated sub-portfolios. Easily keep track of your budgets and observe in real-time the financial impact of changes made to projects, resources and the portfolio as a whole.

  • Collaborative Planning benefits include: Smooth integrations across other project systems, enterprise PPMs, reporting systems and data sources. Interactive and integrated scenario planning across the organization ensures that all key managers and executives have the right (and the same) information at their fingertips.

  • GetApp Analysis

    Meisterplan is a cloud-based project portfolio management (PPM) software that allows company executives to efficiently prioritize and organize projects into portfolios to determine the best uses of their available human and capital resources. Projects are evaluated based on objectives, risks, rewards, costs, timelines, expected outcomes, and other relevant benchmarks.

    The app covers processes that include PPM and analysis, resource management, finance management, alignment of strategy and business goals, visual data analysis, and centralized data management. It’s equipped with interactive and dynamic tools that enable users, regardless of their IT expertise, to visualize scenarios in real time and quickly determine the best possible project plans and portfolio mix.

    Meisterplan comes with an intuitive but comprehensive dashboard that lets you plan and analyze your projects, resources, and financials from one centralized location.

    What is Meisterplan?

    To effectively bring a project to completion, project managers and stakeholders are expected to hurdle three significant project constraints: schedule, cost, and scope. For enterprises working with a large number of projects, it’s critical to know which to prioritize and allocate finite resources to.

    Meisterplan is an easy-to-use PPM tool with highly visual features that allow portfolio managers to add new projects, assign people to them, set priorities, evaluate project dependencies, determine project and operational expenditures, align projects to organizational goals, and identify which projects are the most profitable. Various business scenarios can be visualized by adjusting project timelines, and adding or removing resources.

    The Must-Have and Cut-Off lines in your dashboard enable you to differentiate between projects that need to be worked on now versus those that can wait. User credentials and access permissions can be created, such as full admin access and read-only rights. User groups can also be defined and managed.

    Resource capacity changes are specified as a percent of the resource's original capacity.

    Meisterplan Main Features

    Project Portfolio Planning and Analysis

    Meisterplan is a multi-user project portfolio planning and management software powered by drag-and-drop technology that makes it easy for portfolio managers to plan and staff projects, set timelines, and simulate staffing and budget changes to compare various business scenarios. Projects in the portfolio can be dragged up or down to reflect priority changes. Projects below the Cut-Off line are low-priority and can’t be assigned any resources.

    The portfolio planning feature allows you to visualize the big picture and dig into the nitty-gritty in just a few clicks. Projects in a portfolio are further organized into programs, and projects and resources are broken down into several different structures, e.g., departments, locations, products, roles, and so on. Last-minute additions can easily be squeezed in, and milestones can be established at the portfolio level to mark work completions.

    To add a new project to the portfolio, just click on the "+" sign in the Projects section of the dashboard, and you'll be prompted to enter your new project's details.

    Resource Management

    Meisterplan’s resource management feature lets you categorize your resources’ skills and competencies, departments, and locations, as well as their hourly rates, making it easy to assign tasks to them later. Removing and adding resources to projects allow you to instantly see the effects on capacity planning.

    The utilization score assigned to each resource and color-coded capacity-versus-allocation charts let you spot resource bottlenecks at a glance, helping you pinpoint areas where additional internal staff, even external resources, may be necessary. Multiple calendars can also be incorporated into Meisterplan to account for holidays in various regions or countries.

    Hovering your mouse over a resource's name gives you more details about the resource's primary role, location, department, rate per hour, and so on.

    Finance Management

    Along with their skills, department, and location, Meisterplan keeps track of each resource’s rate per hour. This helps you stay within budget when assigning resources to projects. When creating projects, OpEx (operational expenditures), CapEx (capital expenditures), and benefit budgets are defined.

    The traffic light indicators in the Financial section of the Meisterplan dashboard show if costs are over the allocated budget (red light) or within budget (green light) for a certain financial period. A green benefit light signals your actual benefit figure is on or above target, and a red light means you’re below target. The column charts display in graph form your CapEx, OpEx, and benefit targets versus actual figures.

    Meisterplan's dashboard is divided into four sections: menu bar, project view, resource view, and financial view. The Financial section shows you through color-coded bars how your CapEx, OpEx, and benefit figures are tracking.

    Business Goal Alignment

    Business goals can be created in Meisterplan, and projects are planned according to these goals. Goals are added or edited via the Strategy window, which can be selected from the main menu on the upper right-hand corner of the home screen. The same window shows a summary of the projects under each business goal, including the total cost, benefit, and workload.

    Projects are listed on the left-hand side of the screen and can be dragged and dropped into any of the goal buckets on the right.

    Each project you add to a portfolio can be aligned with the organization's objectives.

    Reporting and Analytics

    Internal standard reports can be generated via the Meisterplan report manager, which is accessed from the main menu. Standard reports include scenario comparison reports, Excel pivot reports, utilization treemaps, and others. Weblinks can be added to the report manager, so users can quickly access custom reporting pages or reporting tools that use Meisterplan data.

    To use external reporting tools, e.g., to view Tableau reports in Meisterplan, data extraction must first be activated. Access permissions to reports are determined by report creators who have administrator or data manager logins.

    Data from external reporting tools such as Tableau or Microsoft Excel can be extracted into Meisterplan.

    Meisterplan Integrations

    Meisterplan integrates with tools such as Microsoft Excel, Project and Project Server, as well as CA Clarity PPM, Planview, JIRA, Oracle Primavera, KPI, and Tableau. An open API is also available so businesses can integrate with other project management or portfolio solutions.

    Meisterplan Pricing

    Meisterplan offers subscription plans tailored to your company’s specific needs. The app can be deployed as a SaaS or on-premise solution. For more information, contact the company’s sales department.

    Meisterplan Bottom Line

    • Portfolio management, resource planning, and financial management in one application
    • Lets portfolio managers quickly spot resource bottlenecks through color-coded charts
    • Drag-and-drop functionality that allows users to visualize different project scenarios in real time
    • Used as a standalone PPM tool or on top of other PPM solutions such as Microsoft Project, JIRA, Primavera, Planview, and even Microsoft Excel
    • Supports the English and German languages

    Meisterplan FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Meisterplan.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Meisterplan offer?

    Meisterplan offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: EUR 199.00/month

    Pricing model: One Time License, Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Resource-based pricing starting at $199/month

    Starter package: €199/month for 1-20 resources

    Business packages: starting at €299/month for 21-30 resources, up to €2,999/month for 401-500 resources.

    All prices based on annual payment.

    Enterprise packages are available on request for more than 500 resources. Contact Meisterplan for more information.

    Q. What are the main features of Meisterplan?

    Meisterplan offers the following features:

    • "What if" scenarios
    • Activity dashboard
    • Activity management
    • Activity tracking
    • Availability indicator
    • Benefit/revenue budget
    • Budget tracking
    • Business goals
    • Business intelligence
    • Business scenarios
    • CA PPM integration
    • Capacity simulation
    • Capex budegt
    • Categorization
    • Charting
    • Communication management
    • Cost and benefits
    • Custom fields
    • Data import/export
    • Data visualization
    • Delivery tracking
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Excel integration
    • Expense tracking
    • Financial analysis
    • Financial management
    • Gantt charts
    • Goal setting / tracking
    • Graphical data presentation
    • KPI and Tableau integration
    • MS Project integration
    • Milestone tracking
    • Opex budget
    • Planning tools
    • Portfolio management
    • Portfolio scoring
    • Prioritizing
    • Program management
    • Project budgeting
    • Project management
    • Project planning
    • Project portfolio planning
    • Project templates
    • Project tracking
    • Projections
    • Real time analytics
    • Real time data
    • Resource management
    • Resource management
    • Resource simulation
    • Resource skills
    • Resource staffing
    • Resource utilization
    • Role-based permissions
    • Scenario planning
    • Template management
    • Third party integration
    • User activity monitoring
    • User rights management

    Q. Who are the typical users of Meisterplan?

    Meisterplan has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations

    Q. What languages does Meisterplan support?

    Meisterplan supports the following languages:

    English, French, German

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Meisterplan offer?

    Meisterplan has the following pricing plans:

    One Time License, Subscription

    Q. Does Meisterplan support mobile devices?

    Meisterplan supports the following devices:

    Android, iPhone, iPad

    Q. What other apps does Meisterplan integrate with?

    Meisterplan integrates with the following applications:

    JIRA Software, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Project, Oracle Primavera, SAP Business Objects, ServiceNow, SharePoint, Smartsheet, Smartsheet, Tableau

    Q. What level of support does Meisterplan offer?

    Meisterplan offers the following support options:

    FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials