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Showing posts from September, 2006

'Killing development projects early and often...'

Esther Schindler's recent post what Gartner is telling your bossmakes for interesting reading.

Gartner urges managers to consider better process control and governance, managing 'application portfolios' much as they do stock portfolios. Part of this discipline is 'killing development projects early and often'. While no doubt some managers will want to respond to this by applying for the "Ghegis Khan training course for mangers" what it really means is that managers need much better information than many currently have about the status and delivered benefits of their projects.

Now where might they begin to get that kind of information from? Not only does it need to be part of the process of managing a portfoio of projects, the information needs to immediately accessible through the process support environment.


Who needs what?

One of the key ideas in xProcess is that it puts planning and process control in everyone’s hands - at the level they need it. For example...

Project Participants can:
see their tasks and priorities (potentially across multiple projects)update estimates and progressupdate their availability and overhead activitiesupdate their active tasks and close their tasks when completesee changes to priorities and target dates
Project Managers and Planners can:
create project tasks and prioritize themchange available resources for the project and assign them to roles or tasksset the scope and target dates for timeboxes and releasessee immediately if tasks are forecast to miss targets and whyview burndown or Gantt charts of the whole project or timeboxesselect and/or customize the processes their projects use
Project Executives and Stakeholders can:
overview the goals and progress of multiple projectsmonitor and improve the processes adopted by projectscompare and contrast processes if they are differen…

Summer Fruit

Mmm - no postings in June July and August! Blogging just doesn't seem to have been on the agenda this summer. So what has been happening?

Actually a lot, and the benefits of all that work is now close to fruition. xProcess 2.5 is released in October and has a plethora of new features and user improvements that really are exciting. The headlines for the release mention Workflow, Graphical Process Modelling, Financials and Web Client. But in fact there is so much more, and I'm sure our current users will be delighted while new users will be surprised by the richness of functionality that's available through a much sparser user interface.

Even before the release I've been hitting the road again and showing selected customers the new direction and it's encouraging to hear the feedback. There's a lot to live up to. One customer gave us an outstanding accolade from his use of the existing version:
xProcess has freed me from fighting with a tool to make a plan, and inste…