Plan Projects – Agile, Hybrid or Classic
objectiF RPM allows for agile planning, including releases, teams and sprints. But you can also plan projects classically, by defining a work breakdown structure comprised of activities, work packages and mile stones. Anything is possible – agile, classic or a combination of both.
- For agile release, team and sprint planning objectiF RPM provides a pre-configured workflow. You can check the progress of epics, feature requirements, and user stories by looking at their states in the workflow. All agile planning steps – from product backlogs to release, team and sprint backlogs and Kanban board – can be traced at any time.
- For classic project planning you can assign requirements to any activity or work package, simply with drag&drop. This allows you to easily trace which requirements were worked on in which context, by whom and when.
Updating the project plan is easy with objectiF RPM’s planning patterns. Use them to automatically create new releases and sprints. All the instruments required for agile project management are also automatically created: release, team and sprint backlogs, user story boards, burn down and burn up charts, cumulative flow diagrams, overviews of staff workload for resource management, charts for Earned Value Analysis, and dashboards.
Scale Projects With a Click
Scaling agile or hybrid projects and adding additional teams entails the following work for each new team:
- Setting up a work environment where the team can draw baselines and store and version requirements, user stories, test cases, system architecture and implementation files
- Creating Kanban boards and backlogs
- Setting up metrics, real-time analyses and documents
Planning patterns in obectiF RPM allow you to accomplish all of this in a few clicks. Patterns also update project plans with new team activities. There’s no better way to scale projects.
Fast and Traceable Scheduling
A comparison of two versions of a Gantt chart. The red sprints and related activities have been delayed. The original scheduling for the affected activities and mile stones is displayed in grey
For scheduling, objectiF RPM offers classic Gantt charts. They represent the project structure with activities, work packages, mile stones and control flows. When a new project is created, an initial project plan is always generated in the form of a Gantt chart. This is because Gantt charts are extemrely useful not just for classic project, but also for agile and hybrid project planning.
- Especially in large projects with multiple teams, Gantt charts show you at a glance how development of releases and sprints is progressing
- When things don’t run according to schedule and the project deadline is endangered, this is displayed in the project plan’s critical path
- By comparing different planning stages – that is, versions of the Gantt chart – you can quickly find out what changed or was delayed
Resource and Cost Planning Made Easy
For staff utilization planning you can use objectiF RPM to map the organizational units of your company together with staff members and projects. For each individual project, you can manage project members and project groups together with calenders and activity assignments. The easiest way to add staff members in objectiF RPM is by using the provided Active Directory interface. Customizable views and real-time analyses show you the staff workload for each project and for all projects in an organization.
For cost planning, you can define internal and external hourly rates based on time period for project, staff member, project team and project group, as well as defining additional cost types for each project. Actual information on staff workload is provided by objectiF RPM’s integrated time recording.
Thus, objectiF RPM offers for each activity:
- internal and external staff closts, plan and actual
- time-period based budgets
- additional closts, plan and actual, with deadlines and booking dates
Activities with staff workload: one of many possible overviews for resource planning
Project Controlling – Always Know Where You Stand
“How are my projects going?” Dashboards give a quick answer. They can be configured for different users. This dashboard gives essential information about one project
“How are my projects going?” A complete answer requires more than a comparison of planned and actual costs. With objectiF RPM you can call up in real time:
- how many requirements are in which state
- how many requirements haven’t yet been reviewed
- with test executions were succesful and which failed
- the number of realized and approved user stories in a sprint
- how many bugs have been identified, and more…
For managers who need real-time queries and analyses in compressed form in order to monitor the progress of projects, objectiF RPM offers dashboards in visually effective and accessible formats. Dashboards can display key figures of Earned Value Analysis and can also be used to display burn up and burn down charts as well as Cumulative Flow Diagrams.
Interfaces and Additional Project Management Features in objectiF RPM
- MS Project interface for activies with control flows and resourcs
- Generating precedence diagrams with Microsoft Visio
- Project synchronization using REST API configuration with Jira
- Organization road map
- Cross-project staff pool with project queries
- Document management
- User management with permissions
- Automatic notifications
- Tast manger for automated, time-based execution of tasks
- Data exchange between (distributed) projects using export and import