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December 11, 2009 2496 comments so far

Onepoint Project 9.1: Formal Project Management & Controlling

While writing the text for the new "Onepoint Report", I thought that a stripped-down version of the "Solution" section would also make for a good Task1 blog post. I hope that you will agree with me... ;-)

The major design goal of Onepoint Project 9.1 was to introduce formal project management and controlling (based on PMI and IPMA recommendations) without making our award-winning user interface more complicated. We hope that you agree with us that we have achieved this goal and that Onepoint Project 9.1 is still the most easy to use enterprise project management solution available today.

Let us take a look at some of the more visible changes and new features of our latest EPM software release:

  • Project context. The new "Context" tab within the project details allows you to document the start and closure of your project as well as additional context information such as, e.g., the situation and rationale why this project was started
  • Project team. The "Resources" tab was extended to allow the project manager to more thoroughly document the project team and organization - complete with virtual teams, function definitions and project roles
  • Activity context. The new "Context" tab in the activity details adds additional fields to make it easier to describe work packages in more detail
  • Deliverables. Deliverables-based planning is one of the major trends in formal project management. With Onepoint Project 9.1 we are introducing deliverables on the project and activity level
  • Version comments. When checking-in a new project plan version, the project manager can now specify an optional version comment that is then being shown in the "Versions" tab of the project details
  • Progress tracking. Last but not least, we improved the overall progress tracking in Onepoint Project 9.1 by adding a new "Progress" tool that allows the project manager to directly estimate or revise the open effort (effort-to-complete or ETC) of all activities in a single progress view (depending on the project's progress tracking settings)

In addition, we further improved the configurability of Onepoint Project and introduced a number of new email notifications. We also improved the overall performance and scalability by getting rid of unnecessary server interactions in the project planning tool (especially when using custom fields or actions) and by further optimizing the database schema (additional database indexes). We will further measure and analyze the scalability of Onepoint for large project databases during the next months and the results of this project will be incorporated in the next major release of our enterprise project management software.

A major redesign of the Controlling Cycle Option (CCO) complements Onepoint Project 9.1 with formal project controlling. The CCO is an optional module that is available for the Enterprise Edition for some time, but the new release takes this option to a new level. The new CCO adds multiple traffic lights across all major controlling dimensions with optional comments as well as new fields for describing the current situation, progress and the forecast. The new traffic lights are also visualized in both multi-project overviews (MY WORK/Projects and PROJECTS/Administration) on the new "Status" tab.

However, the most important new feature of the Controlling Cycle Option is that it now provides the four most common project controlling reports as printable, multi-section PDF reports that can be created anytime by simply pressing a button:

  • Project Order
  • Work Instruction
  • Project Progress
  • Project Closure

All these new standard reports can be created from their "natural contexts": the project order and closure reports are created from the project detail dialog, the work instruction report is generated from the activity details and the project progress from within the respective controlling sheet.