Function Point Productivity Software

3 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

Resource Guru

2 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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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

Resource Guru

It is very well suited when different branches of the company reside in different countries or time zones. It allows the project manager to efficiently keep track of the progress of their team members. It reduces the need for intensive calls where the manager asks for an extensive check in and update from each individual person. It also allows the project manager to update tasks and timelines as needed.

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Function Point Productivity Software
4.8
Resource Guru
8.7
Task Management
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
Resource Guru
Resource Management
Function Point Productivity Software
9.0
Resource Guru
8.0
Gantt Charts
Function Point Productivity Software
2.1
Resource Guru
Scheduling
Function Point Productivity Software
1.9
Resource Guru
8.0
Workflow Automation
Function Point Productivity Software
1.6
Resource Guru
Team Collaboration
Function Point Productivity Software
1.3
Resource Guru
10.0
Support for Agile Methodology
Function Point Productivity Software
6.0
Resource Guru
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Function Point Productivity Software
5.6
Resource Guru
Document Management
Function Point Productivity Software
4.0
Resource Guru
Email integration
Function Point Productivity Software
2.0
Resource Guru
Mobile Access
Function Point Productivity Software
1.0
Resource Guru
Timesheet Tracking
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
Resource Guru
Change request and Case Management
Function Point Productivity Software
3.0
Resource Guru
Budget and Expense Management
Function Point Productivity Software
9.6
Resource Guru

Professional Services Automation

Function Point Productivity Software
8.9
Resource Guru
9.0
Quotes/estimates
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
Resource Guru
Invoicing
Function Point Productivity Software
9.6
Resource Guru
Project & financial reporting
Function Point Productivity Software
6.1
Resource Guru
9.0
Integration with accounting software
Function Point Productivity Software
10.0
Resource Guru

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.
  • Task tracking: allows user to input tasks which may be marked off as finished by other members of the team.
  • Time tracking: allows users to log the amount of time spent on particular tasks.
  • Cross team management: allows users from different locations and time zones to view the same page and relevant tasks.

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.
  • It isn't quite as user-friendly as I would like. Once you are accustomed to it, it is very useful, but the initial use could be facilitated.
  • One user-friendly calendar interface that displays tasks and deadlines would be nice.
  • A real-time time logging button would be nice, rather than entering hours retroactively.

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.
Resource Guru is the only product of it's kind that I have used regularly. Slack is comparable in allowing communication between teams, but doesn't have nearly the functionality of Resource Guru. Resource Guru is the only product that I am aware of that manages tasks and deadlines between various team members, and can be accessed by all members.

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
  • It has made our cross functional team much more productive and efficient.
  • The only negative feature is the slightly complicated user interface. Before a manager was fully introduced to the product, it was not utilized as much as should be.
  • It allowed all details of timelines to be updated easily (automatically), if the deadline is pushed forward or back.

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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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Resource Guru

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Resource Guru Editions & Modules
Resource Guru
Edition
Grasshopper Plan
2.501
Blackbelt Plan
4.161
Master Plan
6.651
1. per user, per month
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