iPlanWare Release 3.2 – Project Status Reports and More…

by admin on April 17, 2009

Two new tools are included in the next release of iPlanWare PPM to help organisations improve their project governance (check out the online tours.)

Project lifecycle processes. All projects have stages they must follow from start up to close down. Within these stages, actions and decisions need to be undertaken by the project manger, stakeholders and other people involved in the project. For example a business case may need approval and a budget allocated before the project can start. Once the project starts up a risk assessment may need to be done and a quality plan drafted. The next release of iPlanWare PPM allows the system administrator to set up a range of pre-defined processes which can be attached to a project.

As the project progresses, the project manager can mark these actions as complete or not required for this particular project. A new dashboard is provided that lets auditors and PMO staff check at a glance which projects are following the defined process.

Project status reports. Most project managers have to produce weekly / monthly status reports and we know it is a pain of a job. The next release of iPlanWare PPM includes the facility to build status reports directly within the software tool. As iPlanWare has knowledge of a projects RAG status, issues, risks, costs etc it is a simple matter of selecting items from a pick list to include them in the report.

Reports can be worked on over time until finally published to a status report dashboard. Not only does this dashboard provide a single source for all the status reports in the organisation – but it also allows stakeholders and PMO staff to see which projects are missing or are late producing status reports.

Both of these features plus a host of others are due to ship in iPlanWare PPM 3.2.

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