After a high-level yearly-based planning performed in the master plan, the game gets more serious in the financial planner. Here the planning is done on a monthly basis, and for each accounting category (CAPEX, OPEX, Cap Gain, Op Gain).
On top we can find a "toolbar":
In this planner can play with "alternate realities" called scenarios. Each scenario will include a set of project. You can change the scenario to understand what is the impact of your choices against company constraints.
The system created a main scenario for you. You can create additional ones by clicking on the button.
By clicking on the button you can manage scenarios:
here you can edit the scenario (name and description), delete it, or set it as current (the "main reality" the company lives into).
On the right side of the toolbar you can select the start and end of the fiscal year under analysis.
The deliverable continues with three intertwined sections:
- Included projects (in this scenario)
- Excluded projects
- Company constraints
Both in the "included" and in the "excluded" sections project (rough) duration is shown by coloring the background of the cells:
Projects in light blue have project detail specified, project in light green are initiatives with no project detail deliverable filled in.
By default all projects are excluded. To include it simply select it from the dropdown in the "excluded" section:
Once done it will show up in the "included" section:
In a similar way you can exclude a project by clicking on the "choose project to exclude".
Once the project is included in a scenario, all constraints start to reveal themselves.
A mandatory project (in this case "HR Suite") are marked as bold. Hovering on the project will show the message:
In case some dependency between projects is failing (e.g. a project can start only after another has finished) will show an orange halo on all involved projects, and by hovering you'll get more details:
Likewise any cell presenting some conflicts with company contraints will be highlighted with a red halo:
and also in the "constraint" section will will see the corresponding cell highlighted:
All cells linked to a project in the included or excluded sections have a context menu available right-clicking:
This is a crucial tool to allow the best possible fit between projects. Maybe we are not respecting a project dependency (start-to-finish) or two projects running over the same months simply burn up too much resources, with this tool you can move one project forward or backward. It will move the actual start date and end dates (as specified in project detail) or the estimated start date (leaving "estimated duration" as it is) as specified at the moment of creation of a project (initiative).