Who Uses This Software?

Forecast is ideal for teams that work on many different projects at once, and need a quick way to see who's available to work on which projects.

Average Ratings

13 reviews
  • Overall 4 / 5
  • Ease of Use 4 / 5
  • Customer Service 4.5 / 5
  • Features 4 / 5
  • Value for Money 4 / 5

Product Details

Vendor Details

  • Harvest
  • http://www.getharvest.com/
  • Founded 2006

About Forecast

Forecast organizes your teams schedule into visual plans that let you map out your upcoming projects and make smarter resourcing decisions. Assign people to multiple projects and determine how many hours they're available to work on each one. Red bars make it easy to see who's overbooked, so you can move projects around before your team gets burned out. And Forecast's layout makes it easy to see when you're able to take on new work, and who's available to work on it.

Forecast Features

  • Automated Scheduling
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Payroll Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Resource Management
  • Schedule Distribution
  • Shift Swapping
  • Time Clock
  • Capacity Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Drag & Drop
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Filtered Search
  • Resource Allocation
  • Skills Tracking
  • Utilization Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Class Scheduling
  • Employee Scheduling
  • Facility Scheduling
  • Group Scheduling
  • Multi-Location
  • Real-time Scheduling
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Room Booking Management

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Forecast Most Helpful Reviews

A good (almost brilliant) project management SaaS tool

Translate with Google Reviewed on 10/16/2018
Peter L.
Computer Software, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source 
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: 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.

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

Translate with Google Reviewed on 1/17/2019
Jack W.
Head of Digital Marketing
Computer Software, 13-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source 
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Customer Support
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend:
Not Likely Extremely Likely

Comments: 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.

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