Function Point Productivity Software

3 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

RationalPlan

3 Ratings
Score 8.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Function Point Productivity Software

FunctionPoint (FP) is great for agencies performing any type of task oriented work. If your workflow cannot be broken down into a set of outlined and easy to define tasks (even if the output of the task is abstract) then FunctionPoint would be difficult to implement. FunctionPoint is fantastic at defining scope in an engagement and forcing those who execute the work to stay within that scope if tasks are well-defined. If your work requires a lot of group collaboration and sharing of tasks, you may struggle with FunctionPoint's inability to share a single task simultaneously

RationalPlan

It's got its shortcomings but is still the best PM tool in my opinion

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Function Point Productivity Software
4.8
RationalPlan
7.5
Task Management
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
RationalPlan
8.2
Resource Management
Function Point Productivity Software
9.0
RationalPlan
8.2
Gantt Charts
Function Point Productivity Software
2.1
RationalPlan
8.6
Scheduling
Function Point Productivity Software
1.9
RationalPlan
8.6
Workflow Automation
Function Point Productivity Software
1.6
RationalPlan
Team Collaboration
Function Point Productivity Software
1.3
RationalPlan
Support for Agile Methodology
Function Point Productivity Software
6.0
RationalPlan
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Function Point Productivity Software
5.6
RationalPlan
Document Management
Function Point Productivity Software
4.0
RationalPlan
6.4
Email integration
Function Point Productivity Software
2.0
RationalPlan
6.8
Mobile Access
Function Point Productivity Software
1.0
RationalPlan
9.1
Timesheet Tracking
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
RationalPlan
4.5
Change request and Case Management
Function Point Productivity Software
3.0
RationalPlan
Budget and Expense Management
Function Point Productivity Software
9.6
RationalPlan
6.8

Professional Services Automation

Function Point Productivity Software
8.9
RationalPlan
4.5
Quotes/estimates
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
RationalPlan
Invoicing
Function Point Productivity Software
9.6
RationalPlan
4.5
Project & financial reporting
Function Point Productivity Software
6.1
RationalPlan
Integration with accounting software
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
RationalPlan

Pros

  • Time tracking - like several time tracking solutions, FP uses a clock that will track in real time so that you do not need to remember how long you worked on a project to input later.
  • Dashboards - I love FP's dashboards that let me track my personal utilization, the utilization of my team members and all of my open tasks.
  • Reporting - FP's reports provide insight organization-wide into how we are doing and where we (as an organization) are spending our time. As with any reporting, though, it is important to manage the cleanliness of your data to make the reporting useful.
  • Portfolio view is great to get a feel for how your programme is running at a glance and which areas possibly might require attention. The fact that you can customise your view by adding your own columns is another plus.
  • All project information in one tool is a big plus for me considering the amount of projects we run with. This really improves efficiency and saves me time. You have the ability to add documents to tasks, manage risks, email resources tasks due for projects they are assigned to(might need some refinement depending on your requirements), material db with costing etc.

Cons

  • Project based billing - when a project is fixed bid, the only way for us to track this accurately in FP dollars is to bill the number of hours equal to the dollar amount which may inflate or under-represent the number of actual hours worked.
  • Kanban - FP lacks a Kanban board for moving tasks through a workflow in a visually meaningful way.
  • Shared tasks - sometimes two people need to work on the same task at the same time. FP makes this difficult because each task can only be owned by one person at a time, so it needs to be passed back and forth.
  • While the portfolio view is great is becomes difficult/cluttered with many projects. Highlighting master projects will help. Creating a tree view for master project and its sub projects would even be better.
  • Reporting is a big part of any project. While rationalplan has reports for key areas the presentation of these reports could really be improved. Make it more presentable. Add some burndown charts. I hate to compare you to MS Project but they do reporting really well in MS Project.
  • The email function is another great idea. Would be great if one had an option to either email an entire portfolio or by active project. At times I’m still scoping certain projects and if the WBS is not yet complete then this incomplete project is also communicated via email which leads to frustration in the team. You don’t always want to communicate tasks for all projects to all resources.
  • One need to be able to: Email per project
  • Email entire portfolio (as currently the case)
  • Email by resource (send pending or outstanding tasks to the resource in question)
  • Add a portfolio dashboard with graphical speed and bar charts giving you a glimpse of late projects, projects slipping, not started in progress etc., for your portfolio.

Alternatives Considered

We were drawn to FP for the ease of estimate to task to billing process. Previous solutions were very manual moving between each of these steps. Smartsheet was a glorified Excel document for tracking time that simply allowed multiple users to edit in a single place. Harvest was an upgrade with a time tracking start/stop clock. However, FP is the only solution we have found that covers the majority of our needs in one solution. Others come close, but FunctionPoint makes it so easy from estimate to task to billing to reporting that it is difficult to find another solution worth switching to for the places that it lacks.
I use Multi which is the standalone platform. While there is no team collaboration it does have an email feature built in. Rational Plan does have the Server option but it all comes at a price the same as Wrike.I have used many free and commercial platforms and rationalplan multi is a good balance with features especially if some of the proposed feature requests are implemented.

Return on Investment

  • Efficient time tracking
  • Efficient SOW > Schedule > Job > Task creation process
  • Day to day task management - better understanding by every person what is necessary to do that day and organizational workflow
  • Helps explain the target schedule and resource estimates for cost of the project

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Function Point Productivity Software

Pricing Details

Function Point Productivity Software

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Function Point Productivity Software Editions & Modules
Function Point Productivity Software
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RationalPlan

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
RationalPlan Editions & Modules
RationalPlan
On-premise Edition
Single
$57 USD1
Multi
$98 USD1
Server
$350 USD1
Stakeholder
$32 USD1
1. Lifetime License per Seat
SaaS Edition
Beginner
$41
Master
$121
Production
$191
Free
$0
1. per user
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