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15 Cool Things About Clarity PPM - Part 1

By Alf Abuhajleh posted Sep 05, 2019 07:33 PM


Make sure you are getting the most out of Clarity PPM. Here are the first five cool things about the project portfolio solution:

1. A modern, social user experience
Each day, workers become more accustomed to living in an app economy where communication is easy and technology simplifies their lives. But enterprise tools—including many PPM solutions—haven’t kept up. They don’t simplify everyday tasks, don’t facilitate in-context communication and sometimes don’t even provide a way to see what people are working on without navigating through multiple screens.

As a result, we redesigned Clarity PPM to be faster, easier and more intuitive. Everyday tasks are simpler, collaboration is enhanced, visibility is comprehensive and organizations’ most pressing issues can be resolved without having to export data. We’ve transformed Clarity PPM into an easy-to-use, single source of information for all types of projects, regardless of the manager, department or team.

2. Project blueprinting
In our study, we found that teams were navigating through reams of information that had no relevance to them or the tasks they were trying to accomplish. The data IT needs to access is typically very different than that required by marketing or development teams. And too much “noise” clouds visibility, diminishes focus and impedes effective problem solving.

To address this, Clarity PPM introduced a partitioning feature we call “blueprinting.” Blueprints are team-specific pages that are populated by each team’s custom fields and nothing more. A team starts with a standard blueprint onto which members drag and drop their visuals, documents and custom attributes. New blueprints can be created in minutes, and any changes are pushed to member screens automatically.

3. Familiar financials
The ability to easily access, view and modify project data is important to ensuring money is well spent and projects are executed on time and on budget. Many financial managers export data from the PPM solution into Microsoft Excel® to better visualize it and make adjustments. But exporting data is cumbersome and introduces opportunity for error.

Clarity PPM’s financial planning pages have been redesigned to mimic Excel spreadsheets both visually and in functionality, so users can work with the data inside the app without the need for reconfigurations or multiple reports. The already-familiar style provides much greater project visibility, and no additional learning is required.

4. Centralized project links and documents
Team members often visit a number of different websites like Microsoft SharePoint®, Google Docs, Power BI, etc. to find information. And many of them aren’t dedicated to one project but rotate between several, each with their own knowledge sites and documentation. The result? Members have trouble finding the information they’re looking for, and managers spend time responding to the same requests for information over and over again.

With Clarity PPM, links and documents are collected in one central location to provide easy access to everything team members need, including quick-start project templates, team breakdowns, work breakdowns—anything that can help initiate projects quickly, help new team members hit the ground running and free up the project manager to focus on more important topics.

5. Task board
Overlooking just one important task can set a project back days or weeks, increase costs, delay delivery and negatively impact lateral projects. But managing them—keeping track of which have been assigned, which have been completed, who’s accepted them and what the status of each task is—can be challenging.

With Clarity PPM’s task board, users work with consumer app-style graphics to create a card for each task. The cards feature to-do lists that include any activities that have yet to be accomplished in order to complete the task. Task boards are configurable, but many users opt for Planned, In-progress or Completed columns to show where each task currently stands. As status changes, tasks are dragged from one category and dropped into another.

Go to part 2: Reasons 6-10.