Project Portfolio Management

May 12, 2020 The Many Flavors of Application Rationalization

The application portfolio management (APM) tool space can be a confusing one, as many software vendors offer their own take of what APM is. Enterprise architecture, application management and project portfolio management tools offer an APM use case, but these are often quite skewed the primary function of the tool.

February 06, 2020 KeyedIn Announces Improved Support for Agile Portfolio Management

KeyedIn released version 7.0 of its flagship product, KeyedIn Projects, featuring support for the transition to an increasingly Agile-focused IT shop. Work is assigned to Agile teams when the individual assignment is impractical.

January 29, 2020 Planview and Tasktop Announce Strategic Partnership to Enable Portfolio Management for Agile Organizations

To provide a single pane of glass for the work done across disparate teams, Planview announced a strategic partnership with Tasktop to expand its Agile Scaler offering. Now, organizations can aggregate the work of various teams into a portfolio and assess status and the financial impact to business objectives and analyze dependencies across different teams.

January 21, 2020 Mavenlink Took a Step Towards Resource Self-Management

Earlier this year, Mavenlink announced a PSA-supporting function for targeting and tracking the ratio of billable vs. non-billable time. Consultants get a useful feature, but what about the garden-variety IT knowledge worker?

January 20, 2020 Wrike’s Approach to Avoiding Employee Burnout Requires a Collaborative, Top-Down Approach to Portfolio Planning

Wrike’s Laura Quiambao recently blogged about the dangers of employee burnout and highlighted how Wrike Resource can help. It’s tough to argue with her four proposed solutions, but a fifth component is absent from her analysis: engaged, responsible portfolio ownership.

January 17, 2020 Workfront Acquires Atiim to Shine Light on Strategic Alignment

Workfront recently announced its acquisition of Atiim, a leading OKR (Objectives and Key Results) vendor. It plans to offer an integrated tool set called Workfront Goals in the coming year, connecting the objectives tracking front end (OKR software) to its work management application (Workfront, formerly known as @Task).

January 16, 2020 Planview Sees Auto-Timesheet Helping With Software Project Capitalization

Planview is marketing its automatic timesheet feature as something that enables capitalization of Agile investments and promotes the scale out of Agile itself. But the real question is: how does the software automatically produce timesheet data?

January 15, 2020 Clarizen Go – A Card Wall by Another Name

Clarizen launched Clarizen Go in the last quarter of 2019. Intended to assist the transition to agile workflows, Clarizen Go claims to make creating and moving tasks during a project easier, while also improving visibility into the portfolio with integration with Clarizen One.

January 15, 2020 Mavenlink Helps With Work-Life Balance, Assuming Leadership Plays Along

While Mavenlink’s press release on its Future of Work survey doesn’t map the findings back to the software itself, we’ll fill in one of the gaps: Mavenlink can help with your work-life balance, assuming that your leadership decides to play along.

November 13, 2019 Clarizen-Procore Partnership Spells Relevance

Clarizen and Procore announced a partnership in October that aims to “help construction companies improve agility.” The functional rationale makes sense, but what’s the vendors’ strategic business rationale? Relevance.

October 30, 2019 ALM Works Brings “Structure” to Project Complexity

ALM Works Structure for Jira enables Atlassian customers to track and manage projects at scale.

September 27, 2019 Atlassian Embraces Continually Changing Plans With Portfolio for Jira Server and Data Center 3.0

Atlassian embraces the reality that roadmaps and plans are living, breathing, and continually changing.

July 22, 2019 Justify Project Deliverable Value With Skop.es

Intake and backlog management are two of the top reasons for failed product and feature delivery. Skop.es brings the analytical and management practices to visualize, quantify, and verify and validate the delivery of the right requirements.

July 04, 2019 Enterprise IT Shifting Focus to Resource Management, Data Shows

As enterprise IT organizations are trending towards resource management offices, they are signaling the need for improved resource management usefulness from top PPM vendors.

April 29, 2019 All Quiet on the Workfront

Workfront exemplifies the classical software paradigm of automating systematic, exacting tasks to free up users for creative work. Workfront is a resource management tool that gets integration right but underwhelms on collaborative value.

April 08, 2019 VirtoSoftware Takes a Shot at Simple Portfolio-Level Resource Management

VirtoSoftware, a company that focuses on creating add-ons for SharePoint and Office 365, has introduced product that intends to bring simple resource management to your project portfolio within SharePoint. While the function looks simple on the surface, some of the pitfalls of larger portfolio suites are still a concern.

April 02, 2019 Atlassian’s Impending Acquisition of AgileCraft Brings Focus to Executive Needs Within the Agile Landscape

Atlassian is a top provider of software to support Agile development work management and portfolio management. Its impending acquisition of AgileCraft now provides the means to address the gap of aligning executive strategy with the delivery of Agile software solutions.

April 01, 2019 Stop Thinking About Backup and Start Thinking About Data Protection

Stop thinking about backup and start thinking about data protection. Newer technologies are making it redundant.

August 24, 2018 First Impressions of Meisterplan: Portfolio and Resources but No Tasks

Our project portfolio management research practice helps a lot of clients who haven’t succeeded with full-blown PPM suites like Project Server and Clarity. Meisterplan is a portfolio and resource management tool but not a full project management–time sheets–document management solution. We took it for a test drive because many of our customers are looking for this type of tool.

July 10, 2018 Run-Grow…Appease: Whither the Ideal Portfolio Mix?

There is no archetypal portfolio mix that all project portfolios should strive toward.

April 23, 2018 Get Back To the Future With Resource Allocations

In finance services, it can be a gut instinct to manage and track human resource time in the same manner that we manage money – track every single thing that happens. The problem occurs when we put large amounts of effort into collecting granular data that is not informing any business decision, and is not changing any functional behavior. In the financial services industry, we would call that wasteful spending.