Meisterplan Features

Meisterplan

Multi-project resource management

4.69/5 (36 reviews)

Meisterplan Feature Summary

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

Meisterplan Features In Depth

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Meisterplan Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about Meisterplan's features:

Dirk Pieper

Verified Reviewer

simple and effective interactive PPM solution

2015-06-19

I used this solutions for prioritizing our internal projects and found it very helpful.

Pros

easy to use, dynanmic and interactive portfolio planning, very easy alignement of business goals and strategy with projects

Cons

some collaboration features missed

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Time used: Less than 6 months

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Anonymous
Member (Management Consulting company, 10001+ employees)
Verified Reviewer

Meisterplan simplified our resource management

2015-10-28

Meisterplan is a great tool to streamline your complete resource management and save you lots of planning hours and avoid misunderstandings.

Pros

You always see the current allocation of your resources and with simple drag-and-drop you move projects and recognize the changes for your resources and financials

Cons

The planning of part-time resources could be improved

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Adrian Dister

Very usable for enterprises with large number of projects to prioritize

2015-06-15

The software is easy to use and as a SaaS solution easy to implement. the user interface is really simple but offers a lot of useful functionalities for project planning, prioritization and resource management.

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Source: Capterra
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Paul Senior

Verified Reviewer

Our Vision “All project information visible, tracked and managed on a cloud based Portfolio Project Management Tool to help make better decisions”

2015-07-03

MeisterPlan helped us get to grips with our client delivery projects, allowing us to identify and track our key milestones, manage our resource planning, forecasting and actuals using the financials.

Pros

Simple and easy to use Missing data can be entered manually at any time Supports the decision-making process of the Management Board

Cons

Users report out-of-the-box

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Michael Eisemann

Verified Reviewer

Excellent solution

2015-07-09

By using Meisterplan we could prioritize the most valuable projects and focus our resources on that.

Pros

very easy to use, integration of Excel projects fast and simple, outstanding personal support

Cons

pricing model not transparent

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Dieter Wichland

Verified Reviewer

Powerful yet easy to use

2015-07-23

My customer uses Meisterplan to show the huge amount of projects going on and to prioritize according to company- and IT-strategies.

Pros

ease of use, easy to setup if internal processes are prepared beforehand.

Cons

currently no possibility to change basic data inside the system natively. you have to take an import-xls and re-import changes. Should be fixed with the next version...

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Time used: Less than 6 months

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Florian Giday

State of the art - Ressourcenplanning

2017-03-13

For me, Meisterplan is the best resource planning tool, which is currently available.

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Eddie Moon

Great Product for Project Management

2017-10-13

Recommend!!

Pros

A great way to follow total project and also each tasks. Easy to follow up with teammates and could help you to get success on the project.

Cons

Some uses, like my coworker, had little hard time to follow the project. But it's his personal issue, not really about product.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
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Bredon Jones

Verified Reviewer

Nothing else like it for the money

2017-07-13

Pros

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.

Cons

This steepens the learning curve on the user interface a little bit.

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Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
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Chris Hilberath

Meisterplan simplified our resource management

2015-10-28

You always see the current allocation of your resources and with simple drag-and-drop you move projects and recognize the changes for your resources and financials.

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Anton Zhvakin

Best product for portfolio management with resource bottleneck

2017-03-07

Most suitable for high-level roadmap planning having limited resources for project development.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

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Frank Görmar

Easy start without training

2015-10-28

And ist well done for project portfolio management. Project Portfolio Management and Project Management Processes become simple and fast.

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Dávid Csomós

Project and/or portfolio management for company at any size. Low implementation cost.

2016-02-23

Pro: Very visual, easy to use, not expensive, very reliable service, multiple interface, logging all scenarios in pdf.

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Anonymous
Member of the Executive Board (Computer Software company, 201-500 employees)
Verified Reviewer

Very good extension to exisiting project management

2015-11-16

Meisterplan helped us to save this investment because it only puts the interactive portfolio management on-top of it.

Pros

Portfolio and Resource Management

Cons

It's really useful and we didn't found any need for improvement

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Michael Streng

Best resource management solution

2015-10-30

We took Meisterplan for planning our consultants and external projects and found it quite helpful.

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Thomas McGee

Verified Reviewer

Only Option in it's class

2015-07-23

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.

Pros

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

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Time used: 6-12 months

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Anonymous
A verified reviewer

Intuitive use of main interface (project roadmap and capacity/resource view)

2018-04-13

Comprehensive overview, new ideas.

Pros

Visualization/presentation of projects and capacity/resource view.

Cons

I could not figure out how the reporting really works, but it also was not my primary focus so far.

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Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Juergen Haecker

Great solution for business strategy alignment

2015-10-28

Meisterplan is the ideal solution to find the optimal way of prioritizing project in order of the impact of the business strategy.

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Holger Degroot

Superb interactive Project Management and Portfolio & Ressource Management

2015-10-28

. (-) Some controls dont sometimes do what they should do and react a little bit sluggish, and please add some new color themes and attributes for some dashboards and diagrams.

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Youngjae Kim

Good experiences for this service.

2017-10-19

Pros

This service was easy and simple to manage my mutiple tasks. It help me build up my multi-tasking ability.

Cons

Design was not satisfied with my expection. i want more colorful and to customize this service page.

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Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
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Chris Davies

Meisterplan is an excellent Resource Management tool

2018-01-09

Pros

For Resource Management, I have found few other tools that can match the capabilities of MP.

Cons

Just keep in mind that this really excels at resource management.

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Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Monthly

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Jürgen Werner

Easier and quicker overview about a Projectportfolio

2017-02-23

The most professional "tetris" for projects and resources.

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Benjamin Kolb

Easy to use resource planning application

2015-10-30

Until now we used Excel for resource planning. With Meisterplan it was so easy to import our existing excel planning that we could start with the solution in less than a day.

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Thomas Wetterwald

Everyday a Meisterplan Day

2017-02-22

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.

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Time used: 6-12 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10

Recommendations to others considering Meisterplan

N/a

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Heiner vandenBerg

Meisterplan is an eye opener for resource bottlenecks

2015-11-03

We would like to have some more option for the daily planning of resources.

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