What can I do with Placker

With Placker, you can view tasks in a Gantt chart, combine multiple boards, create customized layouts and calculate critical paths.

If you have a board with cards, you can add dates and dependencies, enable the critical path and Placker will do the rest. To learn more about Placker, visit this page or talk to us in the messenger.

How the Placker Gantt chart works

Work days

By default weekends are set as non working days and tasks are only planned on working days. This means that when you drag a task in a the weekend, it will be automatically extended to cross the weekend.

The screen recording below shows how a task with a one workday duration is automatically extended over the weekend.

There are a few settings that you can change from the settings panel:

  • Ignore workday settings and plan on all weekdays

  • Select which days of the week are workdays

  • Show and hide working days on the Gantt scale

Where to find the workday settings

The workday settings are set on board level and available in the board plan attributes. you can access the board plan attributes from the filter and setting menu.

Plan on all weekdays

You can ignore the workday settings and plan on all days in the week, to do this disable the setting 'Schedule based on set workdays'. And save your changes to enable them.

Set the workdays

You can set which days of the weeks are work days. By default Saturday and Sunday are non working days but you can change this. For example, when Friday is a non-working day for you and Sunday is, you can change this from the settings pop-up.

Show and hide working days on the Gantt scale

By default non working days are grayed out on the Gantt scale, you can also choose to hide them from the Gantt scale by deselecting 'Show off days on scale' setting.

When you do they will be hidden on the scale, make sure to save your changes after you made them to refresh the Gantt in the right way.

By default, the Gantt chart in Placker will highlight the work hours of a day only. By default, the number of work hours is set to 8 hours between 9 AM (9:00) and 5 PM (17:00).

Because we are also planning based on work hours, this also drives the planning process based on estimates. When a card has an estimated effort of 8 hours, it will cover 8 hours on the Gantt timeline by default.

You can change the following settings to adjust the work hours:

  1. You can disable using work hours, one day in the Gantt chart will then correspond to the full 24 hours in a day.

  2. You can change the number of work hours to any figure between 1 and 23 hours. By default, the number of work hours is set to 8.

  3. You can change the start hour of the day to accurately let it reflect your working day (or timezone).

Please check the following screen recordings that show you how work hours are used and the impact of each of the settings.

Default values

Default values, 8 work hours per day, where the day starts at 9:00 AM. Notice in the screen recording below that when the effort is updated, also the timeline of the card is updated.

Work hours

Change work hours settings

The work hours are set on the board level and can be changed by viewing the board plan attributes from the filter & settings panel, the screen recording below shows how you can open these settings.

Change work hours per day

By default, there are 8 plannable work hours per day. You can change this to any number between 1 and 23 in the settings panel.

Please note that changing the work hours per day does not update the duration automatically, any updated on the gantt will recalculated the duration/effort based on the new value.

Disable work hours

You can disable the work hours from the settings menu, notice that when you disable using work hours, each hour of the day is counted as a work hour. Thus a full day will be 24 estimated hours.

Change work starting hour

By default the day starts at 9:00 (AM) and ends 8 hours later at 5 PM (17:00), you can change this in the setting panel. When changed, this will be the hour that will be used as the start of day hour, and cards will be planned accordingly.

In the screen recording below you see that the position of the tasks in the Gantt chart changes when the starting hour is changed, the card is planned to start at 9:00 AM in the morning, initially start of day. But shown mid-day when the start hour is set to 4:00 AM.

What is next?

Our plan is to introduced availability calendars for each board that allow you to also define holidays as non-working days, next to the current days of the week.

Please note that you can save your settings as a bookmark.

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