New Feature: No More Resource Stealing

Categories: Ganttic Updates

Have you ever heard about The Forty Elephants Gang? They were a gang of British ladies cooperating with a gang of men, and together they robbed the shops of Britain between the 1870s and the 1950s. They would dress in impeccable clothing, and steal goods worth of thousands of pounds. They often got caught but always managed to bail themselves out of the mess.  

alice diamond
   Alice Diamond, the leader of the gang, was known for wearing diamonds to cause maximum injury.

In project planning world there aren't gangs or even cool gang names like The Twenty Office Rats for those that pilfer in project management software, but there are resources and they often get stolen. With this update, we are trying to get the crime rate down.

The Story of the Perfectly Planned Project

You are going to have to work with us a bit here. Imagine you just finished planning a project you thought you won't find any resources for. All your human resources seemed busy, rooms and machinery booked. And then you figured it all out. 

You see your Gantt charts perfectly lined up and forming up a plan that's going to guide everyone through the project. You double check everything just to make sure it's the way it seems to be. And it is, it's perfect. 

You close Ganttic, you feel a bit peckish from all the thinking. You go out for lunch. You might even have that cake you have had your eye on for days. It's probably really good, too. 

Keep the Mental Resource Planning Motion Picture Going

Since you feel really proud of your plan, you tell everybody at lunch about it. One colleague even asks to see it, and you ain't shy. 

When you are coming back to the office, and open Ganttic you see that... The designer you had allocated to your project is now booked for some other department. You are confused. Maybe there's a chance you forgot to save something? No, everything other than that seems to be in place. 

So you march down to the other department and find the project manager that seems to be responsible. You ask her about it. She denies it and says that maybe it was someone else, and it makes more sense the way it is now anyway. 

But... But... Your plan was so perfect. What are you supposed to do now? Steal someone else's designer? What?!

How are We Going to Stop All the Stealing?

Something like that probably has happened to you or someone you know. If not, we hope at least the part where you were eating the really good cake has. Anyway, we know there is a bit a resource stealing (or misunderstandings - phrase it how you will) going on in Ganttic, and we are putting a stop to it with this update. 

When you create a project you can choose if it's going to be a public project or only certain users can access it. Public meaning that there aren't any special restrictions to it. All other user rights still apply.  

select user rights to projects

The project rights you have selected apply to all of the tasks that are connected to that project, too. So even if a user has rights to add and edit projects in general and has access to all of the resources, but you don't give them rights to your project, they won't be able to change any of the tasks you have created for the said project. A padlock in front of the task title symbolizes that.

project rights

User rights and project rights work hand in hand. So if you give access to your project for a certain user but they don't have access to the resources attached to the project, they are still limited by their resource rights. Administrators still can view and control everything.


This update is going to be most beneficial to bigger teams. Like we said before, misunderstandings happen, resources get stolen, and it's definitely easier set project permissions than to track down who stole your designer and why they did it. 

So if you like it, put a padlock on it.