Float

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Float is a resource scheduling solution for agencies, studios and firms that helps keeping track of who's working on what and when.

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Float review by Dan K.
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"Great scheduling software"

What do you like best?

Very easy to allocate projects / clients to tasks. Many other software didn't have a clear time allocation or overview week by week of the schedule. Float is very transparent, quick and easy to use and view the work an individual or team has booked. The reporting feature is also very handy to see where time has been spent by whom and if we are going over time!

What do you dislike?

The only feature I would recommend that isn't currently available is to duplicate time blocks easily, you can drag similar length projects across days, but sometimes I may want to work 3h on one day and 2h on another currently I'd have to enter the task twice, may be easier if I could just copy and duplicate then edit the time needed only.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Float is a case of use and implement it into your schedule or don't use it all, we initially had paper briefs and a scheduling white board, we did away with all of that and haven't looked back. It's most effective when used to the full across every team member.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has brought increased efficiencies across our design team, making it much easier to get projects briefed in, time allocated and client managed properly.

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Float review by Aidan D.
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"Inspired scheduling tool with beautiful UX"

What do you like best?

Float is a really nice piece of software to use. Great attention has been paid to the UX, making efficient use of screen real estate, infinite scrolling in all directions, nice layout and an amazing search and filter toolbar. It's very easy to learn to use and although the design is simple, there is some clever logic going on that optimises your workflow.

What do you dislike?

My only real complaint is that (at least in the version we're using) it's not possible to lock down values in lookups. This results in inconsistent use of fields, making it difficult to analyse the data across projects and teams. For example you cannot set up a global task list, so each time you create a project you have to define the task types again and try to keep them consistent with your other projects.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have around 100 people working on around 20 projects at any time. Many of these people work across multiple projects simultaneously. It's difficult to plan your capacity and delivery timescales in such an environment, but Float makes this about as easy to do and as transparent as it could be. Bravo!

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Float review by Christine P.
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"Streamlined product that sticks to its core competency really well"

What do you like best?

I use Float for resouring with creative team members and developers, and it gets the job done well and in a visually appealing manner. They add necessary and not overwhelming updates to the product to enhance the user experience.

What do you dislike?

I'd like the ability to audit jobs a bit easier, but that may be a product of our large company use rather than Float. Very minimal if any things I dislike about this product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Float is a resourcing product. Do not try to manipulate this product into a project management, billing or other tool. I value Float for sticking to its core competency, resourcing, and using it in this manner will be the most valuable use you receive from this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Team members understanding what is on their workload for the day, and the amount of time they have been given to spend on those activities. It keeps a wide team aligned and therefore hitting deadlines and scoped hours.

Float review by Heather M.
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"Multi disciplinary studio management top line "

What do you like best?

The simple usability of the software. How quick it is to add jobs, extend and move jobs around to different people. Flexible scrolling through the weeks. So easy to set someone up and get started with very minimal training. Report system very useful for monthly reports. For top line project management this is the perfect tool.

What do you dislike?

The search bar sometimes doesnt work or show particular jobs on occasion. Search seems to only work within the month you are viewing, rather then showing a job from a previous month. This is intermittent and sometimes works to find what you are looking for when refreshed. Still need to test this after the software update to see if it has been resolved.

Doesn't refresh for designers, so we have updated and moved jobs around and they aren't aware as their float has remained the same, unless they manually refresh the window.

Would be great to see more in depth project management potential, such as uploading briefs, designs and signing them off all on this software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For very easy to use workflow management that everyone can get on board with and understand (especially coming from paper based or Excel system before) this is a great first step into digital project management for design. You can straight away see resource, book out weeks in advance and set deadlines. Plus the designers can mark on their jobs whether it was completed so PM's know straight away.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Currently managing a team of 9 designers in a multi disciplinary team with 30+ different jobs daily. Tool has worked perfectly well for top line management of workflow and constant changing priorities. Visually easy to understand. Since the recent update the software has performed so much better then expected and has made a massive difference to usability. Reporting monthly on resource was never in place before this tool so this allows us to be transparent.

Float review by Truzanne C.
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"Lifesaver! Great tool for scheduling across multiple teams and offices"

What do you like best?

I've been using float for almost a year now. It has made SUCH a difference in allowing our teams to be able to track where and when individuals are working from home/out of office/on holiday on a simple and unified platform. The tool is also incredibly user-friendly and makes it easy for anyone to be able to use it on a day to day basis. I also love how quickly you can add and edit to your projects in your calendar.

What do you dislike?

Nothing major comes to mind about the tool that I dislike particularly. With that said, some potential improvements could include:

- Allowing you to drag and drop to copy a schedule from one person to another, instead of just relocating it

- A way to see notes on a project by just hovering over the icon rather than clicking on it

- Having additional colors to color code the calendar would also be helpful - we have 15+ people using the platform at a time and it would be useful to be able to have more colors to help organize people's calendars

- The relocation of tasks can also sometimes be a bit tricky

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd absolutely recommend people to try the product for themselves! You don't realize what you're missing until you've tried it for yourself.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This is a huge time saver for me - allows me to easily access calendars of large groups of people without having to view each person's calendar individually. Float also helps keep everyone across both of our offices more organized.

Float review by Gustav C.
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"A top resource planning and scheduling tool"

What do you like best?

The ease of use of Float it top class. From the creating of projects to assign resources to, creating of tasks in the projects and managing the milestones is super easy. The calendar grid format makes it really easy to see what resources are assigned to and makes it really simple to manage your resource scheduling. Access management is good too. The reporting is decent. The UI is a delight to work with. These days it is all about the user experience. We make use of the Float API suite too to automate the synchronisation (create, deletes and updates) of our team's approved leave request between our leave management system and Float. This saved us loads of manual work to ensure that information is the same across systems. There is not a lot you cannot do with Float.

What do you dislike?

The only small gap I have found is a specific operational reporting requirement I had that the reporting suite didn’t cater for. I required a daily view for resources that did not exist. While there is a weekly view, it does not seem to offer a day-by-day report that can be imported into Excel (through CSV or other means).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Float is a well rounded product that caters for most of our planning and resourcing needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Float UI is so easy to use. Doing resource allocation is quick and easy using Float. The API has helped us a lot and saved loads of manual work for syncing approved leave requests between our leave request system and Float. The reporting is good and covers most needs.

Float review by Seb P.
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"Great tool for scheduling across a busy creative team"

What do you like best?

The quick and intuitive means by which projects and jobs can be added, updated and moved around in schedules. It's a really handy way to both view and quickly update the full picture of workloads, schedules, availability and project progress.

What do you dislike?

While excellent for immediate-term planning, I would like to see a little more in the way of options for longer-term, or non-date-specific, planning - perhaps the ability to add a "pending" column that sits persistently alongside the day and date columns, to act as a reminder of jobs that will come onto schedule soon but aren't ready to be assigned to a particular day/week!

It would also be useful to be able to less evenly proportion time across days - e.g. spread a job over two days but assign more hours to one than the other, rather than the equal split as present.

These are feature requests rather than issues, though - on the whole the experience is excellent and does exactly as you'd hope/expect.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been trialling Float in order to replace a pen-and-whiteboard system in our office - it replicates the experience of that board almost exactly, with the added bonus that our team and other teams within the agency can view the schedule from anywhere, rather than needing to be at the office location. So far, with the exception of the minor suggested tweaks above, it has done everything we've needed it to.

Float review by Gabi M.
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"Keep our studio organised, accountable and active!"

What do you like best?

- being able to allocated multiple jobs to one team member

- colour coding and access to different

- the new feature for dragging jobs down or up for more or less time

- reports on individual and team times and capacity

- The "Time Off" button

- new feature to continuously scroll forward or backwards

- The organisation of clients and jobs

What do you dislike?

- It would be great if we could automatically add our public holidays into float

- I don't like that every time I press enter after filling out a field that it adds the job directly onto the calendar

- It would be great to be able to zoom into a day view of the whole team with working hours next to it (similar to google calendar)

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great for managing time and using it for production or if you have multiple jobs coming in.

Always do the tutorials so you can keep your clients and jobs organized and optimise all the features.

Definitely create teams and use the roles resource as much as you can. This helps with organising teams and allocating jobs to the best people. Especially if you have a large studio that you are trying to manage.

We cast our float schedule to screens in our studio so that the whole team can see what everyone is working on. Very useful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Tracking projects

Laying out timelines for cost estimates

Evaluating studio capacity

Tracking team leave and overtime

Float review by Brad W.
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"Float Review for Audio / Visual Studio"

What do you like best?

The feature that we as an audio / visual studio have found the most beneficial is the scheduling feature. This allows us as a team to assign and schedule tasks and projects, and allows each individual to keep track of what the need to complete by when and what is upcoming in the days and weeks ahead. By doing this everyone on the team can log into Float and see what it is each team member is busy on and when it needs to be completed by.

What do you dislike?

As a user i have found that the admin person can schedule tasks and projects for individual team members, but if these need to be changed suddenly then they can only be changed by the admin person and not the individual. I have had one or two occasions when I needed to update and reshuffle my schedule on Float but wasn't able to do so as the admin person was off or not in the office. This caused some scheduling delays for myself.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Float is a valuable tool for us a busy, up-and-coming audio and visual design studio. If you need a central, easily accessible platform to keep track of tasks, projects and individual's work loads on a daily, weekly and monthly basis then I recommend Float as a highly useful tool and one that we are relying on more and more, as the studio gets busier and busier.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Float we have used it extensively the last few months to help our Studio stay on top of the multiple projects we have on the go at one time. With multiple team members working on different projects it has allowed us as a studio to keep on the ball and make sure we meet deadlines, and has allowed us to see what we can take on and when. As the studio is getting busier and busier Float is becoming a vital, central platform that the team rely on daily to produce quality work on time.

Float review by Marco F.
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"Perfect to manage maintenance teams!"

What do you like best?

We analyzed several reviews before getting a Float license for our maintenance team. What impressed us is the ease of use and immediate approach of the user interface. Even non tech skilled people can easily plan and update activities, without spending too much time on the software itself.

What do you dislike?

So far, almost 1 year after adopting Float, we can't identify any particular downside.

Recommendations to others considering the product

After a long session of review screening and trials, we decided to stay Float. This software represent the easiest and time saving platform to allocate your personnel on several tasks, regardless the complexity you need to manage in your company or industry. Highly recommended!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Float we are able to coordinate a whole maintenance workforce and schedule all the activities for a manufacturing plant (pharma industry), very efficiently. The software has been thought to be time saving, and allows to focus on what really matters. Learning curve rise pretty immediately, and the final user feels a real benefit.

Float review by Christopher H.
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"CH - Float Review - 16JAN2019"

What do you like best?

Ease of accessibility and ease of use. Mobile application is quite useful, especially being on the go a lot of the time. ROI and forecasting is an excellent and helpful tool incorporated into the application. All features are beneficial in ways that show positive outcomes for the company.

What do you dislike?

Pop-up windows when clicking on a scheduled task have a tendency to cut off wording, making it harder to see the entire scope of the task. The ability to have a larger pop-up screen or scrolling ability would make this issue less bothersome.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The software will benefit productivity and organization in a huge way. Shows signs of return on investment quickly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Assuring productivity and organized scheduling. Also helps tremendously with forecasting and use analysis. Analyzing and running reports of employee allocation has aided in a huge way for adequately on boarding new employees and expanding the company in a way as to maintain productive and profitable.

Float review by Jon B.
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"If you can get your staff to go all-in, it's useful"

What do you like best?

- Very clear readout & screen real-estate used

- Works very well on all browsers/mobile

- Colour-coding

What do you dislike?

- Reduced functionality for splitting up days

- Unable to mix time-allocated jobs with 'general' task lists for employees which have no discernible time attached

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you're ready for your entire staff to go all-in and use it regularly, else it'll be a point of contention for who is booked on what job.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Float is very difficult to work with if all your staff don't get on board - we often run into trouble where someone has booked a staff member out casually and not used Float because it was a 'quick job', and then the producer is surprised when that staff member isn't working solely on the tasks allocated by Float. An integrated desktop environment or secondary task list would help manage these 'little' things which crop up.

Float review by Valerie H.
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"Overall a Good, Helpful Product"

What do you like best?

Float is quick and easy to use. It takes no time at all to create a new project, add resources and allocate the resources time on the project. It's also easy for our team members to login and see their allocation for the coming weeks.

What do you dislike?

I haven't found a way to zoom in. The blocks are sometimes difficult to see. I've tried only selecting one person but that doesn't change the size or give me the ability to adjust the zoom.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Float for a resource allocation overview. We don't get into the day to day details. We use it to show a projects length, who is assigned to the project and how many hours a day they should be spending on this project to forecast whether they should be assigned to any new projects coming in.

Float review by Morgan C.
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"Float, an essential tool that powers our team scheduling"

What do you like best?

We use Float to schedule tasks across our team, ranging from tasks that take a few hours to complete, to projects that take multiple days or weeks. It gives us the ability to see who is available for scheduling, and allocate (or reschedule) work coming in.

What do you dislike?

We have duplication between Float and our team's Google calendars, but at different levels of granularity, so we can't automate synchronisation. We haven't been able to resolve that, so team members still need to book the work in their calendars as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Float has become essential to our scheduling and traffic, and is the go to place to check our capacity for planning new projects. For our scheduling, it is in constant use to keep track of and allocate work across a diverse team.

Float review by Jodine B.
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"Floatastic"

What do you like best?

Ease of use — the colour coding of projects, easy scaleable time blocks, that everyone has real time view of planning, addition of holidays and leave.

What do you dislike?

Most of the niggles we had with this product have been solved in the latest update. I haven't check on this one yet, but having to use hex codes for colour selection — it's account managers using the software not designers and it's a hassle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it! It's great.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've been using Float for at least 3 years I think and it's an invaluable everyday tool for resources and work flow planning. The whole team checks it daily and it's made work life so much easier to keep projects on track and ensuring we have the right people at the right time.

Float review by Jack L.
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"Jacks Float review"

What do you like best?

Very easy and simply designed interface and software, I like the way it can keep a mass of information but all of which is easily found if needed. Specific people places and times just moments away. A super useful resourcing tool for us here.

What do you dislike?

To be quite honest I've only been using the software for about 3 months and so far I haven't found anything that has caused me any annoyance or dislike.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I'm used as a resource which is booked on various different jobs each week it allows those booking my time in to do it with ease and for me to organise my weeks before they start by quickly going through whats been booked in when looking specifically at my time.

Float review by Leah C.
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"Great flow and usability."

What do you like best?

Simply and easy to navigate interface, it's not overly complicated or busy. Streamlines our workflow and allows for a quick overview of what's happening in the coming weeks.

What do you dislike?

When dragging and moving jobs around they always revert back to one day, which can be frustrating. It would be great if it was easier to update client details and leave notes on client files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It would be great if Float had a feature similar to smart sheets where you could detail our each stage of a job, and then transfer it directly to the standard float layout.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Structuring our weeks and identifying gaps and overrun in our scheduling has been a huge help. Overall, Float has helped us to be more efficient as an agency.

Float review by Cameron C.
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"Float is a great tool for seeing and managing project schedules. "

What do you like best?

Being able to visually see what the whole team is up to in one place. The simplicity of moving around/adjusting schedules on the fly.

What do you dislike?

When tasks need to be reassigned (to other team members) there doesn't seem to be a way to do this in bulk. I have to manually move each piece of the project to the assigned person. I'm pretty new to Float, so I may have not learned how to do this, but at a minimum, it's not obvious or easy to figure out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have approximately 34 team members and constantly fluctuating project schedules. Float is super helpful for having one place to see what everyone is up to and being able to efficiently schedule project resources.

Float review by Sam M.
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"Float makes my job infinitely easier"

What do you like best?

I love that I can get a high level overview of where my team is at in one glance, and that my team can get weekly reminders of what their schedule is. The reporting, metrics, and utilization are also super handy.

What do you dislike?

The native color choices are kinda sad. I usually just end up throwing in a random hex code so all of our clients don't look the same.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just do it!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We solve our scheduling problem with Float. We operate on a more individual consulting day basis, rather than a block of time with a client. Float provides the best visual for helping me see what's still available. We are also able to keep track of our utilization and other metrics much easier!

Float review by Dave S.
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"Veratile and easy to use project/people management tool"

What do you like best?

Float is intuitive to use. I really like the layout, clear and with lots of colour options for different staff and projects. Staff (and admin access levels) can be added, revised and removed easily.

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately, you don't seem to be able to move a batch of tasks similaneously. so if project is delayed, every task for every project member has to be moved individually (which can run into 100's).

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use the free trial period, test you requirements, sometimes you aren't sure what you need until you can do it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multi-year, multi-project management visualisation and planning. do i have enough staff in place, with the right skills, are there any pinch-points likely to cause delays (I was looking up to 4 years ahead)

Float review by Aran R.
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"Fast and easy time planning for teams"

What do you like best?

It's quick and easy to plan out each member of the team's schedules and keep track of how things are progressing. Also, should business or client needs change, it's super simple to move things around.

What do you dislike?

Sadly, there doesn't appear to be any way to have dependent tasks like you would in more of a traditional float chart style setup which would be handy for some projects where tasks must be completed in a series so you don't have to move multiple tasks around one by one.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling has been made quicker and easier so there's been a great timesaving, also the team all have full visibility of what everyone across the agency are doing and what's upcoming.

Float review by Julie H.
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"Does the job"

What do you like best?

The interface is very simple, pretty, and user-friendly! It's nice to see what projects I have coming up ahead of time - that way I can prepare for them accordingly. I also get an idea of which projects to prioritize based on where they are on a calendar day.

What do you dislike?

I don't make much use of the other tabs besides the Schedule tab. I'm often prompted to update it in the middle of the day, without knowing exactly what updates are taking place.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I think it really helps employees to know what projects are coming up. We also have more than one producer, so it helps the producers schedule and prioritize time as needed on designers/dev/motion artists, etc.

Float review by Marcin O.
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"I start a new day with looking at Float."

What do you like best?

It is easy to use and very intuitive. Just one look at Float and I know what work I have to do during the day.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes zoom in / zoom out feature is not working properly, but that might be my device problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

In my opinion Float is easiest to use scheduling app.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am working as a frontend developer and I start a new day with look at Float so I know what to do. Tasks are added by PM's in my company and I know they like Float too. After all they decided to choose it as our work management app. Without Float it would be much more difficult to manage my day schedule.

Float review by deepesh r.
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"Float has been really helpful in planning our traffic"

What do you like best?

simple UI.

ease of use,

no-nonsense responsive navigation,

float helps you visualize the the capacity traffic and schedules so that you can make some sense out of it.

What do you dislike?

not much to dislike, works like a charm.

it would be better if it could also provide a way for the team members to update the deviations in allocation.

This would help the project co-ordinator to gauge delays early on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

ease of use.

takes hassle out of resource allocation.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we use float to render our resourcing schedules. This helps us broadcast resource availability and manage traffic for multiple projects. with the ease of use that float brings, it gets really easy to fig out information from the data.

Float review by Viktor C.
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"Program Manager using Float"

What do you like best?

- Easy of use

- Performance

- Interface

- Good visibility into my resources and their load

What do you dislike?

- There were couple glitches and numerous updates in January but that is resolved now

- Previously performance was not great, but there are great improvements recently on that part

- Adding holidays could be easier

- When grouped by project I'd like Float to show all assigned project for people, not only specified project

Recommendations to others considering the product

Overall Float has been great for us and I would recommend it to any organization providing services and focused around resourcing their team. Float has been constantly evolving and you can notice the difference and improvements rolled out weekly if not daily. Thank you for your work Float team!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Float in our organization to manage resource allocation and we have been using it for the last 3 years. It has been mostly great and enhanced our resource allocation amazingly and provided great visibility into resourcing across different programs and into the future. We use Float to track Holidays and vacation across all regions (worldwide), we use it to forecast allocation and revenue across the team per each project. Permissions are straightforward and allow us to control what we want. We can keep projects as tentative while awaiting for the contract and still allocate people to provide visibility into anticipated resourcing load. Overall Float has been great for us and I would recommend it to any organization providing services and focused around resourcing their team. Float has been constantly evolving and you can notice the difference and improvements rolled out weekly if not daily. Thank you for your work Float team!

Float review by Administrator
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"Easy team planning"

What do you like best?

I really like the simplicity of Float, as you get everything done with drag and drop. Filling a week of our 15+ people is a breeze.

What do you dislike?

There are some "glitches". One glitch is related to making the autocomplete more obvious, because when you delete the whole text in the field it stays there. Another glitch is that sometimes the sync breaks on other clients and they have to refresh to pull-in changes.

Their Slack integration is really basic at the moment, as it streams notifications over Slack. It would be way cooler and useful if it could send the weekly schedule to each member.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sharing the schedule with users is really nice and useful, but think carefully about the users you want to schedule, because it's not good if they'll find their row empty.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to stay on top of the schedule for the engineering team and Float helps in that.

Float review by Jess J.
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"Contextual decisions being able to see your workload on the context of your team’s workload"

What do you like best?

The dual view mode and the Skill tags function are winners. You can view the team’s overall project workload and timeframes and you can see everyone’s availability at a glance, while individually you can view your own workload and make contextual decisions. The Skill tags function is neat in choosing which team member is the best fit for the task. The hovering function is very neat too — not having too open work tasks for notes for example.

What do you dislike?

Should the admin person not be available, try to anticipate it so that changes can be made to the scheduled tasks.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I find Float to be a flexible scheduling tool that allows you to slice, dice and manage tasks, assignments and timeframes. It gives the team transparency as you can view the team's workload at a glance and assign or shift tasks between team members as the project rolls out. If someone gets swamped out, you can act and tailor as you go. Project management made easy. No sweat.

Float review by Administrator
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"Great and easy to use scheduling and project time tracking tool"

What do you like best?

I tested like 15+ tools, and FLOAT was the only one allowing me to set specific hours for the tasks! All other tools only allow to instruct the team member to work 3 hours on certain date on Project X without instructing the user when exactly to do it. This might not seem a lot, but allows to combine time scheduling with calendar.

It is extremely easy to use the tool, and reporting works (almost) great, allowing

for CSV export.

With the tool I can report to management and clients who, for how many hours, what tasks have completed under certain projects.

What do you dislike?

There is no gantt chart view of the projects (not big deal for me, but some colleagues miss it).

There is no way, or at least I can't find a way to set custom report date range. The options are last year, this week, today, etc., but there is no way to set a period from 5 May 2017 to 10 Jan 2019. So far it is not an issue, as we've been using FLOAT for several months, but I'm not sure how I'll make reports in the future...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it. It is easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our benefits include visibility and ease of reporting, especially for customers, who pay on hour basis.

Float review by User
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"Float is great, really easy to use"

What do you like best?

continuously tweaking features for the better to further improve upon the UI/UX. My project management team did a lot of research on resource management tools and Float was the only one that allowed for such a granular view (i.e., instead of planning sprints in 2 weeks, it's day by day). We needed that for our business as we are run day-to-day with sometimes very small tasks (0.5-1hr) and Float was the only one allowing us to get that granular. Further, whenever we've had an issue the Support team is very quick and responsive to helping us!

What do you dislike?

The Reporting tools aren't as great and well-organized as our Finance/Billing team would like. But the front-end is superior to the other tools my team considered so we are still using on that front.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Daily Resource allocation and management for the Project Managers to schedule client work and maintain progress throughout projects.

Float review by Agency
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"Not built for lots of projects happening at once "

What do you like best?

1. The intention of the tool is very helpful and it is probably amazing for smaller groups with limited projects.

2. Color coding of projects/teams/clients is helpful.

What do you dislike?

1. The interface is not obvious; features are hard to find.

2. You have to navigate between different tabs to enter information for a single project. You should be able to add projects & people from a single view. And deleting something from one tab does not carry over to another (e.g., deleting someone from a project in the Schedule does not delete them from the project team).

3. You cannot see the roll up of how over allocated someone is without trying to figure out the reports for a single person. This is incredibly frustrating for our large team with a lot of projects going on at once. The red area is not a good indication when you can hardly see it behind the projects. The row views are also quite small, which hinders this being noticeable. Then you have to do the math to see the number of hours over. Other tools we have used will give percentages for allocations and overages.

4. A single project does not take a horizontal view to scan across weeks/months, as you add new projects each week the view changes and makes it very difficult to scan.

5. You cannot specify what time off is for - would be helpful to be able to track out of the office time based on conference or vacation or maternity leave or another reason.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to manage a team of designers across multiple offices, clients and project work, but I cannot say we are completely solving that problem with Float without frustration.

Float review by User
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"Software Solved - Great Experience"

What do you like best?

The best features of float are it's ease of use, it's sleek UI design which makes it easy to read and the ability to share easily among colleagues. The permissions management is also a strong area.

What do you dislike?

The two features that could be improved upon are. The system needs an advanced tutorial to train users on the hidden hotkeys and tricks - I had to go externally to a blog post to find these. The system also needs the ability to select a total time and an end date and then automatically work out the daily allocation.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pricing is very good for the product. I'd consider what your company needs before implementing. If you need an in-depth highly customisable piece of software float isn't that - it's an easy to use shareable platform.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Float stops a lot of 'Bashing heads' among the project management team. It has also helped to keep developers keep track of what they need to be doing.

Float review by Jan G.
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"Fast, east to use scheduling solution"

What do you like best?

Float keeps things simple, simplicity of use and simple clear presentation of data. Easy access via browsers and the fully featured app mean team members have no barriers to accessing the schedule and the overall simplicity and clarity mean they actually like to use it.

What do you dislike?

Could perhaps do with a couple of additional features, but not so many that its simplicity suffers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a quick and easy to use "light" scheduling solution then Float is ideal. The smooth UX will ensure that your team actually do use it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A clear and easy to use schedule for the entire team to view and use, everyone knows what's going on and what everyone else is doing.

Float review by Administrator
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"Helpful for Visualization and Planning"

What do you like best?

I like being able to see the full overview of everyone's activities, tasks, and projects in the office at once but then search through and see only the projects I want to see or am currently working on to clear out the schedule so I can focus. I love also having specific tasks within projects, as many have long lead times and deadlines split among many different individuals.

What do you dislike?

This is may be more of a problem on our end - but we have so many projects concurrently running that we ran out of colors that really contrast to visualize who is working on what at a glance. Our office also doesn't quite function by hours per day or billable hours, so it can feel strange to arrange the days like that - however, it's helpful to arrange things by hour to sort out your day and workflow.

I would also like if it integrated into our dropbox or google docs accounts - if we could pin or upload files to specific tasks. That would be a great feature to have in the future.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Because we have so many projects and such a small staff, it's helpful to be able to look at Float and see exactly who is working on what. Also there are very long leads on projects vs. shorter term timelines on projects that are currently happening, so it's helpful to be able to integrate both in one view.

Float review by Administrator
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"Float, one of the best tools we currently use."

What do you like best?

Kudos to you guys! I love the newer faster Float! You are making my job much easier & faster. Love the faster navigating/scrolling and the changing of a task’s time by scrolling on the schedule up or down beats the hell out of having to open the task and do it from there.

Love the new feature that you can hover over the work task and the notes appear without having to open the task.

Great job, keep it up!

What do you dislike?

Would like to be able to move a task to the afternoon (or lower in the cell) for a day where it is not a full days worth of hours and there is nothing else for that employee that day. Example, I have a technician on a 4 hour training course and it is in the afternoon. He has nothing else scheduled that day but I can't move the task lower in the cell so it looks like it is scheduled for the morning. It would be nice if you could hover over the "Time off" cells and see the notes associated with it , like you can for a work task, without having to open the "time off" cell.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I fully encourage anyone even thinking of possibly trying out a program for scheduling to do your self a favor and try out Float. I'd be shocked if your not impressed by it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to use a HUGE white board and dry erase markers for our schedule. We thought that this was the best way for us to tackle our job scheduling and Float was met with a bit of resistance once the boss said we were going to try it.

WOW, were we wrong. I would never look back now that we are using Float. One of the best tools we ever used. We are scheduling anywhere from 18 to 26 techs on this program and I fully encourage anyone even thinking of possibly trying out a program for scheduling to do your self a favor and try out Float. I'd be shocked if your not impressed by it.

Float review by Agency
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"Finally -- time management that works for project managers and visual designers"

What do you like best?

I like that I (as a project manager) can manage time easily for our team of two, but can easily add contract workers, and that visually it works for my designer as well -- he struggled with really seeing how his week needed to flow when just using tasklists, like Basecamp.

What do you dislike?

Anything I haven't liked has been added (e.g. ability to do recurring tasks, reordering tasks). It's a small thing, but we also spend way too much time trying to figure out colors for all of our projects after using the default ones. I would love to be able to add a project from the schedule interface -- like when I go to schedule time and I type in a project, it tries to find it; if it's not there, it would be nice to just have "add this project" without having to exit out of the scheduling box and go into Project.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a way to easily plan and then communicate on our respective tasks for the week. With Basecamp (what we use for project management currently), we could pull to-do lists, but we didn't have a macro view on the week or the month with the time that it would take to complete those tasks. My designer felt like he couldn't really "'visualize" his week and couldn't communicate easily what tasks were taking more or less time than needed. Float has proved to be invaluable for time management and communication.

Float review by Gordon W H.
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"A great purpose-built tool which helps solve a huge problem in agencies."

What do you like best?

I really appreciate the simplicity of this tool. It doesn't take much to set up and only asks you for as much information as it needs in order to be useful. Because it is assumed that the tool will be updated frequently, there isn't a lot of extra data points that are required to set up a person's schedule.

What do you dislike?

In some ways the tool can feel a bit stiff or limited. Because it's built to really do one thing well-- scheduling, new users might look for other features like time tracking or dependencies which are found in similar project planning tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do the free trial and make sure you have full details around the exact problem you are trying to solve with this product and not try to solve too many with one solution, as this product does one thing really well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to plan out multiple projects with a small team and determining when work can start and get done. We are able to see who is available to work on things.

Float review by Administrator
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"Float for time management"

What do you like best?

I like the fact you can filter and search by people and/or project

What do you dislike?

I don't like that you cannot see 3months in advance on 1 screen. It's still laggy when scrolling, we have 70 people timesheeted and we have project managers filling this in, they find it cumbersome. The repeating tasks are not well formed, as in if you set a repeating weekly task then want to edit one week to be say 3 days, it won't let you do it.

We have other awkward things around adding contractors or people leaving jobs, it would be nice if Float had more sample data as I think sometimes we uncover usecases they haven't tested for - atleast tested the UX for.

I'd love it to improve, as the last speed improvement they did was a step in the right direction, but more customisation is needed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's improving all the time!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Agency people management.

Benefit of seeing when people are available to work on other projects.

Float review by User
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"Great new features and improvements"

What do you like best?

I really like the new features, being able to mark a task as tentative or complete. The scrolling has drastically improved, and the speed of editing, adding, deleting a task is much much faster, instantaneous! I like the ability to verify one staff schedule, or one project or even a department.

What do you dislike?

I just wish if the other features had good tips or videos on how to use them. The reporting tools are not great, we are having issues exporting a report to excel. This is an area that needs improvement. Another improvement would be when we filter for a project, to be easily able to see the date. Currently we have to scroll right or left to get to the date it is scheduled for a user. If there is a report that lists the users and the dates they are scheduled, that would be great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

definitely try it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we needed to schedule various projects across various departments, some are small projects that span few hours and some span a few weeks. Some are for a few staff and some involve various staff at various departments. With float we can easily do this, using even 0.25 fraction of an hour to schedule. It also handles weekends and holidays great. We are able to add vacations easily now. We like the color coding to distinguish the tasks or projects or holidays. this has helped us have a better view of all projects.

Float review by Lianne B.
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"Simple, easy traffic scheduling tool"

What do you like best?

I loved the simplicity of adding projects, adding new resources and being able to see at a glance what everyone was working on - by looking at one schedule. I loved that it was cloud-based and could accessed from home or on any device. The help desk and support functionalities were great.

What do you dislike?

Our projects are short and some teams action a number of small projects ion a week and the schedule became messy to review, especially if multiple tasks in one day. Also, we needed a tool for staff to track time spent on a task and unfortunately the system didn't cater for this functionality. The Admin can become hectic if you don't keep a close eye on projects added and archived.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One view of all projects being worked on by the 'build' teams. Easy reports available to analyse capacity. In meetings we could access the info easily (cloud-based system) and the drill down to staff member level was great if reviewing each project individually.

Float review by Casey B.
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"small installation business"

What do you like best?

We moved from a server-based system which needed to load on a PC connected to our office network. Having our schedule in the cloud was an instant success and being able to view on the go and on devices is a huge benefit for us.

What do you dislike?

There are a few bugs early on but the customer support team were very quick to address. a better iOS app would be good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Simple but effective! The free trial is definitely worth a shot and the customer service has been very impressive. quick responses and positive answers. very helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Being able to edit our schedule quickly and when things change is a huge step forward.

Float review by Kyle K.
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"Functional, but difficult UI"

What do you like best?

It allows me to schedule my time among various, billable projects as well as for time off. Others like being able to use that to project cash flow.

What do you dislike?

The UI is really difficult to use. While it does seem to be improving, it requires fore knowledge of unintuitive UI elements that don't outwardly suggest being interactive and also fine-grained mouse clicking on distinct elements that are very close together.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ask them to write a new UI. The functionality is fine as far as I can tell, but their UI really needs some more attention to detail and user experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For me as an employee, it solves the problem of booking time off. For others, it helps them estimate future cashflow.

Float review by Simonne S.
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"Love it"

What do you like best?

I like how I can go from day to day, week to week Month to Month etc very easily. I like that I can make the calendar. I like that it keeps the name of the Tasks in the history, very useful when assigning multiple people to the same task. and the fact its a shared calendar that updates in real time for the most part.

What do you dislike?

I don't like the how an assignment can easily be deleted (when I didn't mean to) I wish there was was something that popped up that asked "was I sure"

Also, it doesn't appear the people who are read only cannot see the comments that are initially put in under a task

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely worth a try

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Im able to easily schedule many people and if I need to reassign a task to someone else, that's very easy to do

Float review by Ryan F.
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"Simple, Reliable, and cost effective!"

What do you like best?

Simple and easy to use! All Cloud based! The overall program blows it's competition away. The quick & easy changes through the UI are simple and dont require a trip down the hall to IT!

What do you dislike?

Not much! Everything in the system is great. One improvement would be some more specific control as an admin primarily when it comes to what schedulers are allowed to use color code wise to keep the system UI clean.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it. Don't hesitate. Pulling the trigger 3 months earlier would have avoided a big mashup of overbooked labor!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Scheduling Fulltime & Freelance creative resources to elminate double booking and under utilized staff.

Float review by Christopher G.
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"Simplicity is key"

What do you like best?

It's very VERY easy use and has such a simple and clear interface. There are not too many nobs and button to confuse you so working with the timeline is like magic

What do you dislike?

I would say that I would enjoy more of a modern look to the system even if it does not affect functionality

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for simplicity and something that does not distract you, choose Float

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to easily capture our time allocation on a week to week basis and with that in mind can easily prioritize our tasks per week. This just boosts efficiency and keeps developers focused on clients

Float review by Edd G.
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"Simple too to manage teams of developers and more"

What do you like best?

Float gives me an instant view of what my team is working on day to day and in future. The filters allow me to show just the information I need. Tags allow project managers to book the correct resources for specific tasks.

What do you dislike?

The interface was very slow to scroll, however a recent update improved this. A feature I would personally like to see is history, as currently there is no way to see if a booking has been pulled or moved.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allowing project managers to book developers themselves based on tags for disciplines. It saves me having to do all resourcing myself.

Float review by Mervin L. B.
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"Ease of use"

What do you like best?

It is very easy to see what I have been scheduled [by the traffic and/or operations manager] to work on over a period of time.

What do you dislike?

The fact that we cannot log time spent against the tasks [generate time sheets]; we have to use other apps to log time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will likely need to use Jira or Chase to manage tasks and track time spent on them

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Seeing what our peers are working on helps with transparency. One's leader wouldn't need to hover over them to know what they are working on, making for a calmer work environment, resulting in higher productivity levels.

Float review by Gyorgy S.
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"Resource management easily"

What do you like best?

Easy to use intuitive application. Everybody uses it at our company to check what is planned for him/her for the next few days/weeks. Projects / clients can be added and differentiate them with different colors.

What do you dislike?

Hard to say anything bad about it. Cannot easily set special workdays, like some saturdays.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We have 4 teams, with about 6 members / team. This amount of people can only be organized and managed with such resource planning / management tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

This year we doubled our team, this happened so fast, that it lead to a little chaos. It was solved with proper resource managent using Float.

Float review by User
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"A great team management tool "

What do you like best?

Great tool for managing resources in a team. Allows you to quickly and easily see what other people are working on, filtering by teams, projects or specific team members. I'm not a project manager so probably don't use all of the features on offer e.g. reporting, but as a team member it's a useful way of being able to visualise my workload and see what's coming up, as well as being able to see other people's workload.

What do you dislike?

Disappointed that the 'My Schedule' feature is no longer available as this was an easy way to view just my own schedule rather than the whole business and having to filter by my name.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provides an overview of workload and resourcing capacity, helps to plan team member's time and schedule projects effectively, provides an overview of billable utilisation across the business.

Float review by Administrator
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"Float is part of our team"

What do you like best?

The schedule view is the best around, and we've tried a few. It's replaced our spreadsheets, we now have a clear view now on who's working on what. We're able to plan our time off, and we use the unassigned roles to log upcoming work. We use the Slack app to keep track of changes as they happen. The new iOS app has been handy too.

What do you dislike?

I'd love to be able to add our project budgets to track those, but I hear that feature is coming soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it, it's the best scheduling tool we've used and the support is superb.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Float saves us a lot of time we previously spent in spreadsheets. We have multiple projects on the go and so it's great to be able to have a single view of them all and a quick snapshot of everyone's capacity.

Float review by User in Management Consulting
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"Float for project staffing forecast"

What do you like best?

It's a quick handy platform to manage the forecast for the staffing professionals and for the consultants to keep a track of their current and upcoming assignments

What do you dislike?

It should add features for the consultants to add comments in case there is an issue in the forecast. At the moment, the challenge is that for any change, the consultants have to reach out to the staffing professional over emails while by adding this feature, they can exactly add comments to where the changes are required

Recommendations to others considering the product

Handy tool to manage staffing forecast

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy tracking and managing of my project forecast. Also, one feature that can be added in this tool is to calculate the billable percentage of the consultants based on the forecast entered. This will give the consultants a view about their utilization and to plan accordingly

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