Say hello to our new wizard: Merlin Project 5!
The Kanban board
How do you manage your projects? Prefer the traditional approach or like being agile? No matter which approach you prefer, with its new Kanban board Merlin Project 5 now paves the way to agile project management.
Just use the Kanban view to gather your to-dos as cards in the left column. Move these cards to the right as the project progresses, and the activity will ultimately end up in the ‘Completed’ column.
Use predefined Kanban boards or split up the board as you wish. The same goes for the card layout.
And just as you thought it couldn’t get any better – Merlin Project 5 goes one step further still: Once you drag & drop an activity in the Kanban board into the ‘Completed’ column, the progress bar in your Gantt chart gets filled as well. The same goes for the other way around: Change your activities’ percentage completion in the Work Breakdown and the Kanban board cards will move to the right as if by magic. Thanks to Merlin Project 5, hybrid project management finally becomes reality. You’ll find further details about the Kanban function here.
The resource pool
It’s a frustrating topic that project managers who use their resources in multiple projects simultaneously know all too well: Who’s still got some spare capacity and who’s already flat out in the projects?
Until now, the only way to plan resources across projects was to invest in additional software. Say goodbye to all that hassle thanks to Merlin Project 5’s built-in resource pool.
Now you can keep an eye on your resources’ utilization level for all projects – both your own and your colleagues’. Organize the entire team in one or even multiple central pool files, and make a note there of working hours plus any vacation, absences, and a whole bunch more. Link your projects with these pool files and you’ll always know how much capacity, if any, your resources have – so you can take action before it’s too late.
It’s not always a picnic maintaining an overview when working on large and complex projects. With Merlin Project 5 you gain a deep insight into your project’s structure with the help of groupings. Analyze your project: Which activities eat up the most time? And which of them are on the critical path?
You can activate the built-in groupings at a single click of the mouse or you can create as many of your own groupings as you like with one or more combined conditions.
And the same applies to groupings: If a value changes, the group also updates.
New Style editor
Select any activity and then choose: Bold or italic font? No problem. Bar shaded in gray with a purple border? Done in just a couple of clicks. This feature lets you format individual activities or even entire groups as you like.
You can even go one step further and set element formatting rules. Among the many options available you can have Merlin Project 5 turn all completed activities green and all overdue ones red – automatically. The new Style editor makes all this easier than ever before.
We haven’t just been hard at work under the hood – we’ve also given Merlin Project 5 a facelift, with all aspects of the UI now sporting a fresh, clean modern design. But you already noticed, of course ;-).
Last but not least
The new Merlin Project 5 data format is compatible with Merlin Project 4's. The simultaneous operation of both versions also works. You don't have to worry about testing or upgrading to the new version.
A detailed list of all changes can be found here.