RationalPlan is a project management software title published by Stand By Soft Ltd. The program's main goal is to provide project managers with the tools to schedule and track projects across the entire project life cycle. RationalPlan features support for both Gantt charts as well as work breakdown structure charts, ensuring that project managers are able to share project information in two of the most widely used formats.
RationalPlan uses a traditional deployment method, in that it installs locally to each computer that team members will be accessing it from. The software title uses a special licencing agreement, called the RationalPlan Licence Agreement. Essentially this ensures that individual users are able to use the program free of charge, albeit with certain limitations. Businesses are required to purchase a software licence, and the free version of the program is limited to 20 tasks at a time.
Who It Is For
The program is aimed primarily at project managers who are looking for something that can run on a variety of operating systems. With support for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems, the number of computers RationalProject can potentially run on is extremely large. RationalProject is also geared towards project managers who are looking for a more cost-effective alternative to Microsoft Project.
Alternative To Microsoft Project - RationalPlan gives project managers total control over how tasks are scheduled with its manual scheduling setup. With the ability to change important details, such as task dependencies, project calendars and restraints, RationalPlan gives project managers many of the features offered in Microsoft Project. RationalPlan also lets users adjust important aspects of each project, including duration, resources, start date, finish date, constraints and dependencies, ensuring maximum efficiency. Alternatively, project managers can use RationalPlan's scheduling wizard to setup automatic scheduling. With this highly structured, systematic method of managing project schedules, project managers are able to specify important details and let the system do most of the legwork for them.
Gantt Chart Support - A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart that represents the schedule of a project. The vertical axis of a Gantt chart represents the beginning and end dates of the project's primary goals, as well as all secondary and tertiary goals. The Gantt chart's horizontal axis is then a graphical representation of the length of tasks against the progression of time. A Gantt chart is a useful tool for planning and scheduling projects and is commonly used in a variety of business applications. A Gantt chart is a useful tool for communicating the status of a project in relation to its deadlines.
Work Breakdown Structure View - Work breakdown structure is structured around the main products of the project instead of the work needed to make the products. This project structure has been employed extensively over the past 50 years, and is widely used throughout many different industries. Essentially, what work breakdown structure postulates is that a complex project can be made more much more manageable by first breaking it down into individual components in a hierarchical structure. This is usually represented in a block diagram, with the overall project goal at the top and sub-tasks listed underneath of it.
Central File Repository - RationalPlan also features a project server to help centralize important project files. With this server, it's possible to ensure that team members are all using the most up-to-date project materials available. RationalPlan also offers configurable user permissions to ensure that each team member is only able to access files that are appropriate to the particular task that they are assigned to.