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Visual Project Management

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I’ve been exploring a new concept in project management. This approach blends lean concepts, visual management, and the theory of constraints. It’s a visual project management process that displays all the projects in the portfolio. I’m calling it ViewPoint.

What’s genuinely engaging about this approach to project management is its collaborative nature, involving project managers and senior decision-makers.  It’s a strategic tool that empowers everyone to identify bottlenecks and unblock project processes.  This isn’t just another iteration of what CCPM practitioners or PMI guys have been doing. It’s a fresh perspective beyond to-do lists, messaging capabilities, shared document editing, and calendars. It brings everyone together for a more efficient and effective project management experience.

ViewPoint allows our customers to effortlessly manage a portfolio of projects, ensuring everyone is on the same page—all the time. The key here is simplicity. We’ve learned that complex solutions don’t always matter as much as we think. Most of the benefits can be easily achieved with simple tools, dramatically facilitating adoption. Explicit language, straightforward technology, and easy adoption are the pillars of ViewPoint.

Our ViewPoint customers say they rapidly start seeing benefits:

  • More projects completed – up to 40% faster
  • Improved due-date performance
  • Increased team collaboration
  • Fewer meetings that are shorter and more effective
  • Improved productivity increases up to FIVE TIMES (I was shocked at this number)
  • Better morale

Here’s a link to the video describing the ViewPoint product and Visual Portfolio Board.

Some people look at this and think, “We can put up a board with swim lanes, too!”  Of course, they can.  But we’re finding the board is the “prop” – the enabler – of good project management behaviors: collaboration and teamwork, controlling work in process, reducing multitasking, priority setting, and resource allocation.  The board doesn’t do all that, but it allows it to be done!  It becomes the dashboard of the project management process.

I’m thrilled about this new development and the transformative results our customers are experiencing. The speed at which they’re seeing these benefits is genuinely remarkable.  I can’t wait to share more exciting updates with you soon.

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