Onepoint Report Nr. 31 (Q4/2010)

Editorial Onepoint 10.2 and What's New…
Solution More About the JIRA Connector…
News Onepoint Integrates JIRA Projects…
Spotlight Earned Value…
Links Documentation, Software, Store…
About About The Onepoint Report…

Editorial

Dear Readers,

another busy year is slowly coming to an end and Christmas is only a couple of days away. For Onepoint, this was very interesting year - a lot of things have changed and with being highlighted with integrated agile PM in the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the tremendous feedback we got for our JIRA integration we have decided to fine-tune our business focus on providing integrated project and portfolio management solutions.

What does this mean? We will keep all the great functionality and flexibility you like about Onepoint and we will continue our integration with JIRA and similar tools in order to provide a single, comprehensive view across all projects and teams. We have taken the first step into this direction with the introduction of the JIRA Connector Option back in early October. Now we are taking another big step forward with the release of our second iteration of the JIRA Connector with our third release this year: Onepoint Project 10.2.

The new release allows you to directly integrate your JIRA projects into an IPMA/PMI standards-based project and portfolio management solution. For the first time, you can easily get a complete overview of all your running projects (agile, formal, JIRA) including an up-to-date resource utilization view across all your teams. You can even set up an explicit project controlling process on top of your JIRA projects or print out IPMA standard reports such as a project order report. You can learn more about the new version of the JIRA Connector Option in our Solutions section.

We would also like to welcome our new innovation partner from Vienna: PMMAC. PMMAC has an interesting concept as they focus on project management training and development specifically for Mac users. This also shows us that our cross-platform approach is valid and that the business landscape is slowly changing; Windows will still be the dominant platform in the foreseeable future, but it will not be a Microsoft-only world ;-).

Finally, we would like to remind everyone that we are now also on Facebook and Twitter (@onepointproject). We are using both channels regularly in order to keep you up-to-date about what we are doing around Onepoint Project: new features, new solutions, upcoming events etc.

With that I wish you a Merry Christmas and a successful start into the New Year!

Best Regards,

Gerald Aquila, CEO

Solution

Onepoint Project 10.2: Taking JIRA to the Next Level

Onepoint Project 10.2 takes our well-received JIRA integration to the next level: you can now directly include JIRA projects into Onepoint's project and utilization database. In addition, we extended our IPMA project controlling by adding explicit dates controlling and improved various backend technologies including a new printing function based on PDF.

  • JIRA Projects Integration. The new version allows for direct integration of JIRA projects into Onepoint's project database and thus, into our project pipeline and resource utilization views. In addition, JIRA projects can be monitored and controlled according to IPMA/PMI standards - including reporting.
  • Multi-Project & Portfolio Progress. Portfolio progress information can now be accessed via a new "Progress" tab in our multi-project overviews. The new trend bars are based on earned value calculations and a history of progress information is kept when used together with our IPMA controlling cycle.
  • IPMA Dates Controlling. With the ability to explicitly forecast activity start and finish dates we are rounding up our IPMA project controlling feature set. Project managers can now enter the forecast values into a new "Dates" tab on our single-project progress tool - consistent with effort and cost.
  • Improved Printing Function. Finally, we improved a number of backend technologies including our printing capabilities. The new printing engine is based on our reporting framework and thus, allows for consistent PDF printing across all real-time charts, tables, built-in and custom reports.

Trial versions for Onepoint Project 10 Group/Enterprise Server are already available from our website. The new versions of our OnDemand/SaaS offering Onepoint Project Group/Enterprise Cloud as well as our desktop and open source products will be released in January. In order to try out integrated agile PM or the JIRA connector please contact our sales team at info@onepoint-project.com or by calling us at +43 699 17 17 17 22.

News

Spotlight

Earned Value

Earned value management (EVM) was originally invented as a financial analysis tool and was later on used for tracking the objective project progress of large projects. Many people think that earned value (EV) is a very complicated concept, because it is often described with formulas rather than words. If you want to go into the details you need to take a look on the (quite simple) mathematics behind EV, but in order to understand its purpose and value, you don't really have to.

Let's focus on the EV chart in order to provide a simple, practical explanation. There are two lines in the chart: the planned value (PV) and the earned value (EV):

  • Planned value (PV) shows the cumulated amount of planned work over time (cost or effort)
  • Earned value (EV) shows the cumulated amount of planned work that has been already completed over time (cost or effort)

If the earned value is equal or above the planned value you are on schedule (or doing even better; visualized in green); if the earned value is below the planned value you are behind schedule (not so good, visualized in red ;-). Not so complicated after all and a very nice tool to visualize your project's progress over time, isn't it?

HINT: You can use effort and cost EV charts also with JIRA projects in Onepoint Project 10.2 - given that you track the actual time with Onepoint.

If you are interested in the details of EV we suggest reading the quite good Wikipedia article or to take a look into the PMBoK-Guide of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

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Onepoint Software is the leading provider of integrated project and portfolio management solutions for innovative small and medium-sized businesses. Unlike traditional PPM software, Onepoint Project integrates formal, agile and JIRA projects into a single project portfolio and resource utilization database. Onepoint enables project-driven organizations to increase project and portfolio transparency, shorten project lead times, automate best practices and optimize resource utilization. By building on an open source foundation, providing both cloud-based/SaaS and on-premise installations and with its strategic focus on making PM systems easy to deploy, Onepoint redefines ROI for project management solutions.

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