Carv's most recent update focused on the project modeling screen. We enhanced the tool so it can be used to estimate project budgets and track ongoing progress. The new features allow users to divide a project's roles into assignments with start and end dates. The new categorization level helps increase accountability, estimate accuracy, and powers post-project retrospectives.
Projects with multiple stages
Managers can divide a project's design work into multiple stages, such as discovery, creation, and feedback. Each stage can be tracked against the original budget and expected start and end dates to improve accountability and future proposals for similar projects.
If you are new to Carv, the size and shape of the work curves in the above screenshot represent the volume, and the number of hours per week that a resource manager expects an employee to allocate to the assignment (e.g. ramp periods).
When allocating a budget, users can now create line items based on project roles, assignee, and assignment name. The additional label allows users to easily transfer Carv's project models to collaboration tools like Basecamp or Trello and then divided into more granular tasks.
Start & End Date
Each project and individual assignment now has a start and end date. Defining the dates add accountability for the work and adds data points for post-project retrospectives.
Respect your Budget
The budget allocation tool now compares work allocations to the proposed budget. Now Carv's users can:
Use the project modeling tool to quote projects
Track whether a project is under or over budget after kick-off
Below: the project is over its target budget by 46 hours.
Below: the project is ahead of its target budget by 29 hours.
Past Assignments are Now "Greyed Out"
After assignments are completed, the app "greys" them out so they are differentiated from ongoing work. They are still editable, but the dimming effect encourages users not to change past assignments, so they can be used for comparisons and a basis or continuous improvement to proposals. Instead, Carv makes it easy to add a follow-on assignment and track the budget impact to improve future proposals and use in your project postmortem.