Forecast Overview

What is Forecast?

Forecast organizes your team’s schedule into visual plans that let you map out your
upcoming projects and make smarter resourcing decisions. Forecast's color-coded visual plans make it easy to see how long a project is scheduled to take, who's working on what, and who's overbooked.

Forecast makes it easy to assign people to projects and then view your plans either by project or by people. Red bars indicate when an employee is overbooked, so you can move projects and deadlines around before they become burnt out. It's also easy to see when someone has availability to take on a new project and exactly how much time they can devote to it. Share your plans with the entire team so everyone knows what they should be working on, and when.

Integrate Forecast with its sister app Harvest to gain insight into project progress and improve your estimating and scheduling. The integration brings the hours you've scheduled in Forecast into Harvest, so you can see exactly when a project will go over budget. Plus you can compare the time you scheduled for someone in Forecast with the time they actually tracked in Harvest, letting you pinpoint potential problem areas.

Forecast Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

$5.00/user/month


Forecast Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Brazil
Supported Languages
English

Media

Connect Forecast with Harvest to see when your projects will go over budget.
View the capacity of all your team members and see what projects they're working on.
Map out your projects and assign people to them.
Forecast screenshot: Connect Forecast with Harvest to see when your projects will go over budget. Forecast screenshot: View the capacity of all your team members and see what projects they're working on. Forecast screenshot: Map out your projects and assign people to them.

Forecast Reviews

Forecast Reviews

Overall rating
4.2
/
5
Excellent
9

Very good
7

Average
5

Poor
0

Terrible
0

Value for Money
3.9
Features
4
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Support
4.3
76% recommended this app
Flavio A.

Bird's Eye View for Project Planning

Forecast is a great little tool for project managers and directors, allowing them to organise and get an overview of upcoming tasks and projects for different teams as well as individual employees.


Morgan C.

Intuitive Time Planning Software That Adapts to Any Team Size

The software works like a dream if your organization has the depth of project management/trafficking skill to understand how to balance its functions with the needs of the people captured by the system. This is NOT a great software for agile environments in my opinion.


Peter L.

A good (almost brilliant) project management SaaS tool

We use Asana and Forecast to manage time allocation to tasks, and use Forecast to plan out our resource allocation.

Harvest Forecast seem to work well for us when planning work schedules over the next few weeks, but we do not seem to successfully use this for longer term project management. We use Harvest Forecast daily - it has become mission critical to the successful running of our business.
However we resort to spreadsheets (and Asana) to manage longer term forecasts, and for this have marked it down a star. I suspect that this is not the fault of the software per se, but our work flow process from Asana making this just too clumsy.

Still, Harvest Forecast a good, stable, well written piece of software. It is reasonably priced and one of the best methods to properly forecast project-based work.


Jack W.

Useful tool for planning team members' time but not the most intuitive

Overall, Forecast is a time saver for managing teams, and the feedback from the team members is that it helps co-ordinate their week ahead and know what they need to be working on. If they can work on improving the design and layout, it could be the perfect team management system.


Verified Reviewer

Good product

Overall, it's a very helpful tool that keeps our business running. I think it's a great tool and would recommend to others.


Flavio A.
Industry: Design
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Bird's Eye View for Project Planning

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 25/09/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Forecast is a great little tool for project managers and directors, allowing them to organise and get an overview of upcoming tasks and projects for different teams as well as individual employees.

Pros

Forecast was probably the best innovation from Harvest in recent years. Even though the parent tool is in dire need of a refresh, Forecast gives managers a bird's eye view of their upcoming projects, allowing them to individually assign tasks and distribute the workload.

Cons

Despite the fact that it is a great forecasting tool, project visualisation can get a bit overwhelming on larger organisations with bigger teams.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Morgan C.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Intuitive Time Planning Software That Adapts to Any Team Size

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 6/05/2019
Review Source: Capterra

The software works like a dream if your organization has the depth of project management/trafficking skill to understand how to balance its functions with the needs of the people captured by the system. This is NOT a great software for agile environments in my opinion.

Pros

Forecast (and its partner Harvest) make for a powerful program that can assist in planning any work that requires team effort. The process is easy, the interface readily understandable. Setup is very simple and new projects are easily managed in Forecast. You can be as detailed as you'd like, or very high-level. Perfect for traffic management, not so great for creativity.

Cons

This isn't a software for agile environments, and it's VERY easy for project managers to get caught in the objective of making red into green (a person is over budgeted time allotments versus a person has time to do the work) rather than thinking about what they're actually splitting or assigning. This can be a big problem in creative environments where team members may need large chunks of time for thinking, creating, or researching.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Peter L.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

A good (almost brilliant) project management SaaS tool

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 16/10/2018
Review Source: Capterra

We use Asana and Forecast to manage time allocation to tasks, and use Forecast to plan out our resource allocation.

Harvest Forecast seem to work well for us when planning work schedules over the next few weeks, but we do not seem to successfully use this for longer term project management. We use Harvest Forecast daily - it has become mission critical to the successful running of our business.
However we resort to spreadsheets (and Asana) to manage longer term forecasts, and for this have marked it down a star. I suspect that this is not the fault of the software per se, but our work flow process from Asana making this just too clumsy.

Still, Harvest Forecast a good, stable, well written piece of software. It is reasonably priced and one of the best methods to properly forecast project-based work.

Pros

Forecast is easy to use and does the job as a forecast management tool for us. The ease of use should not be underestimated - we have trialed many other project management tools and they were just too hard to set up.

Moreover the integration to our Harvest itself (a time tracker) makes this much more powerful than a classic project management tool.

We use it to manage our software development processes, which has a mix of short 1-2 days tasks and longer multi-month projects.

Forecast and has some neat features: particularly like the quick way of setting up milestones.

Forecast now also allows time planning around weekends so you can accommodate over time and will work in countries where the weekend is not Saturday and Sunday.

Cons

The integration method to Harvest Forecast is lumpy. You have to manually select which products in Forecast you import, and it is not perfectly linked, so change a name in, say, Asana and you have to manually fill this in.

It is hard to include public holidays.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 7.0/10

Jack W.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Useful tool for planning team members' time but not the most intuitive

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 17/01/2019
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, Forecast is a time saver for managing teams, and the feedback from the team members is that it helps co-ordinate their week ahead and know what they need to be working on. If they can work on improving the design and layout, it could be the perfect team management system.

Pros

Forecast's direct integration with Harvest (time tracking) makes it a simple and easy process to assign tasks to a team member in Forecast and have it automatically appear in Harvest for them to log time against, helping streamline the process and reducing the number of steps.

Cons

While the interface for Forecast is fairly easy to use, it isn't all that intuitive. It can be difficult to see what a team member is working on, and if there's a few people on the team, there is a lot of faffing around to open up each team member's list and see what they're assigned to.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 6.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Graphic Design
Company size: 11-50 Employees

Good product

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 4/05/2020
Review Source: Capterra

Overall, it's a very helpful tool that keeps our business running. I think it's a great tool and would recommend to others.

Pros

It makes it easy to schedule our team's days and weeks while also prioritizing projects. It also is helpful per team member to keep track of your projects, and set milestones for the projects ahead of time.

Cons

The only thing I don't like about this software is when you shift things around if a new project comes in or an old drops off, it's a little challenging to do because you have to click every single element after that project. Would be easier if there was a "bump" feature of some sort.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
7.5/10
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Forecast Pricing

Forecast Pricing

Starting from
US$5.00/month
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

$5.00/user/month

$5.00/user/month

Value for Money
3.9/5
Based on 21 user ratings
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Forecast Features

Forecast Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Activity Tracking
Audit Trail
Auditing
Automatic Notifications
Billing & Invoicing
Compliance Management
Customisable Reporting
Data Import/Export
Document Management
Document Storage
Inventory Management
Inventory Tracking
Monitoring
Real Time Data
Real Time Reporting
Reporting & Statistics
Third Party Integration
Workflow Management
Features
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Additional information for Forecast

Additional information for Forecast

Key features of Forecast

  • Availability indicator
  • Availability management
  • Capacity management
  • Capacity monitoring
  • Collaborative forecasting
  • Data import/export
  • Drag & drop interface
  • Employee management
  • Employee scheduling
  • Estimating
  • Filtered search
  • Filtered views
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt charts
  • Graphical data presentation
  • Group calendars
  • Online scheduling
  • Permission management
  • Project planning
  • Resource scheduling
  • Role-based permissions
  • Scheduling
  • Time planning
  • Utilization management

Benefits

  • Map out project plans in Forecast so you can see exactly how long a project is going to take and who's available to work on it.

  • Make smarter resourcing decisions with the help of Forecast's color-coded capacity graphs. See who has availability to take on new work and who's overbooked.

  • Keep projects on track with the Harvest integration. See when a project is projected to go over budget so you can make adjustments or talk to your client.

  • Pinpoint problem areas with a report that allows you to see where the actual work your team is doing deviates from what you anticipated.

  • Improve your estimates on future projects by seeing exactly where your schedule was off.

  • Forecast FAQs

    Forecast FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for Forecast.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Forecast offer?

    Forecast offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$5.00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    $5.00/user/month

    Q. What are the main features of Forecast?

    Forecast offers the following features:

    • Availability indicator
    • Availability management
    • Capacity management
    • Capacity monitoring
    • Collaborative forecasting
    • Data import/export
    • Drag & drop interface
    • Employee management
    • Employee scheduling
    • Estimating
    • Filtered search
    • Filtered views
    • Forecasting
    • Gantt charts
    • Graphical data presentation
    • Group calendars
    • Online scheduling
    • Permission management
    • Project planning
    • Resource scheduling
    • Role-based permissions
    • Scheduling
    • Time planning
    • Utilization management

    Q. Who are the typical users of Forecast?

    Forecast has the following typical customers:

    Small Business, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does Forecast support?

    Forecast supports the following languages:

    English

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Forecast offer?

    Forecast has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does Forecast support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices Forecast supports

    Q. What other apps does Forecast integrate with?

    Forecast integrates with the following applications:

    Harvest, Metric.ai, iceScrum

    Q. What level of support does Forecast offer?

    Forecast offers the following support options:

    Phone Support, Online Support, FAQs, Knowledge Base