Improved support to simulate and create scenarios
Antura Projects now has extended support to simulate and create scenarios. It is now possible to simulate external dependencies between projects and to extend projects.
Simulate with external dependencies between projects
Thanks to the extended support for external dependencies it is now possible to see and compare how external dependencies are affected when projects are scheduled earlier and/or postponed. Using the setting "Show external dependencies" in the toolbar, it is possible to select whether external dependencies are shown or hidden.
Dependencies are illustrated as arrows in the view, where the color of the arrow indicates whether the dependency is in temporal conflict or not:
- Black – The dependency is not in temporal conflict
- Red – The dependency is in temporal conflict
- Grey – The dependency is not in temporal conflict and at least one of the projects is excluded from the scenario
- Orange – The dependency is in temporal conflict and at least one of the projects is excluded from the scenario
It is also possible to view detailed information about the existing dependencies for a project, by hovering over or clicking the figure of the corresponding row in columns "Predecessors" and "Successors".
The view has been updated to visually be consistent with other views with Gantt schedule representation in the system. The color scheme of accrual data outside of a project's duration has been changed so that this part now appear in a lighter tone instead of a darker tone.
Possibility to extend projects
Projects can be extended on the part of the project that is left after the current month. When extending a project, accrual data, such as costs and resources, for the period will be spread out over the new (longer) period.
A project is red on the part from the project start up to, and including, the current month. The part of the project which can be extended is blue. Projects can have the following colors:
- – Indicates that the project or period of the project is historical
- – Indicates that the project or period of project is coming
- – Historical/ Coming accrual data before or after the project’s duration
- – Indicates that the project is excluded from the scenario
- – Indicates the original position of a moved project
- – Indicates the extension of a project
The above information will be shown in the bottom right corner of the view if hovering over the icon:
- – Shows the colors and patterns that a project can have and a short description of each
A new column, with column header “Extended”, has been added to the left part of the view. It shows the number of months that a project has been extended. The previous column “Diff” has been renamed to “Moved” and shows the number of months that a project has been moved forward or backward in time. In these columns there is also a new button to reset the project to its original position.