Onepoint Report Nr. 29 (Q2/2010)

Editorial Gartner Magic Quadrant, Agile PM, JIRA…
Solution Upcoming Agile Planning Option…
News Onepoint Included in Gartner MQ…
Spotlight Work Breakdown Structure…
Links Documentation, Software, Store…
About About The Onepoint Report…

Editorial

Dear Readers,

this summer starts with hot news for Onepoint: For the first time leading analyst firm Gartner has included Onepoint Project into their 2010 "Magic Quadrant for IT Project and Portfolio Management" - read more about this in our most recent press release covered in the News section. We are very happy that Gartner has chosen to include Onepoint into this year's report and we are already looking forward to next year's evaluation process.

Next, our development team is currently very busy with developing the first iteration of our integrated agile project management support based on the Scrum framework. Even syncing with Atlassian JIRA is already working - I was just shown a demo of this great new feature a couple of hours ago. Given the good progress on the new functionality, we are still targeting end of July for an internal release, meaning that you will be able to test the Agile Planning Option around mid-August. Read more about the features present in the first version in the Solution section right below.

There are also good news for our friends from the open source community: we have just released "Onepoint Project 10 Community Server" as well as the newest version of Onepoint Project Basic (the Community Server replaces the former Open Edition, the Basic Edition is now simply called "Basic".) Both versions are available either through Sourceforge.net or via Google Code.

Finally, you should definitely mark two important dates in your calendar: Onepoint will be attending the two leading PM events in Austria and Germany later this year: pma focus from Oct 13 to 14 in Vienna and PMI's new PM-Summit on Nov 15 in Munich. We will of course talk about integrated agile PM, but we will also talk about something completely new, so stay tuned... ;-)

Best Regards,

Gerald Aquila, CEO

Solution

Onepoint's Upcoming Agile Planning Option

Many project managers, controllers and even C-level executives know the problem already first-hand: Project and product development at the team-level (especially in IT, but not limited to) is getting more and more agile while multi-project management and reporting is becoming increasingly formal (mainly according to PMI and IPMA standards). What is happening is that a gap is forming between the agile, day-to-day project management and the more formal, multi-project management resulting in a major problem that is affecting more and more knowledge workers worldwide: they lack the data of agile projects for formal project reporting to customers, their executive sponsors and the involved steering committees.

How do you close this gap? Onepoint is taking a very new approach to truly integrated agile and formal project management that was also highlighted in Gartner's latest MQ PPM IT report. The result will be Onepoint's new Agile Planning Option (APO) which is generally based on the Scrum framework, but can also be used to implement other types of agile PM approaches. Among other things, the APO will allow you to:

  • Manage products and releases in a brand new "Products" area
  • Enter, manage and prioritize features (product backlog and stories)
  • Bulk-create agile tasks from features and assign them to sprints
  • Control the agile project progress using a built-in release burndown chart
  • Use formal PM tools in agile projects (e.g. WBS showing sprints and tasks)
  • Use an explicit, stripped-down controlling cycle with agile projects *
  • Create and run reports across all agile and non-agile projects (including IPMA standard reports *)
  • Sync product backlogs managed in JIRA or even completely externally executed JIRA projects with our new Onepoint JIRA Connector (optional)

More information about the APO and details about our upcoming connectivity to Atlassian JIRA will be made available in the next Onepoint Report as well as on our innovation blog. If you are interested in more details about both optional modules please contact us directly via email to info@onepoint-project.com.

* The explicit controlling-cycle and the IPMA standard reports require the Onepoint Controlling Cycle Option (CCO).

News

Spotlight

The Work Breakdown Structure

Starting with Onepoint Project 10, the work breakdown structure (WBS) takes on a more central role than in previous releases of our enterprise project management solution. On the one side, because it is now the first view you see when you look into the "Planning" tool. On the other side, the WBS code is now used more often to reference a work package or task than prior to release 9.1.

The WBS is a simple, but very powerful tool. Onepoint's built-in WBS shows the first two levels of your project plan including milestones in an org-chart like visualization. Here are just some of the more common applications of the WBS in everyday project management:

  • For the first planning phases it allows you to really focus on content and structure rather then on the schedule; this typically results in much better structured project plans
  • Using Onepoint's interactive WBS you can create and structure project plans very quickly: it feels more like creating a mind map than like "die-hard" project planning
  • The WBS shows you the "big picture" of your project including your milestones - intentionally limited to the first two levels of your project plan in order to keep it simple and straightforward
  • You can visually break down complex activities into smaller, more manageable tasks
  • You can really "see" the effort and cost breakdown - this is also great for communicating this information to other people such as, e.g., the project steering committee
  • You can control the overall progress of your project: started activities are crossed out once, completed activities are crossed out twice - a very good communication tool for showing the high-level project progress to your customer or sponsor
  • Finally, you can easily spot different kinds of work or responsibilities by using activity category colors together with the WBS. For instance, you can use a special, more vivid color for showing tasks that need to be completed by your customer

As far as we know, there are only two kinds of project managers: those who do not know the WBS yet and those who love it :-).

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Onepoint Software is the first enterprise project management (EPM) software vendor offering both an on demand and an installed Web 2.0-based solution for the extended enterprise. Unlike traditional EPM software, Onepoint Project is known to be integrated, real-time, open, easy-to-use and fast to deploy. Onepoint enables project-oriented companies and departments to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead-times, automate best practices and reduce project risks. The ROI period of Onepoint Project is usually well below 12 months.

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