If you can’t explain it simply, you haven’t understood PPM well enough

If you can’t explain it simply, you haven’t understood PPM well enough

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough. - Albert Einstein



Such a simple yet profound quote from the great Albert Einstein.

And while one might counter with, if what you’re trying to explain is complicated, then it’s hard to put simply (an acceptable observation by the way), then let me assure you, there’s always a way of explaining it, even to those who’ve no knowledge on the subject matter at hand. And that’s what Albert Einstein was trying to say. See how I did that?

I understood the quote, which therefore allowed me to explain it clearly to you, the reader. I know, weren’t expecting that one were you?

So why am I talking about this?

Fair question. I’m here to talk to you about a subject that you may or may not be familiar with, and that’s PPM. I’m going to try and explain it as simply as possible, and you can tell me whether or not I’ve understood it well enough myself, through your own understanding at the end.

What is PPM?

Say it with me.

PProject. An agile project, unlike a traditional project, does not necessarily have a fixed end date. It is a collection of related work, often tied to enterprise initiatives, with the intent of providing services or products. Agile projects are typically delivered in increments with a focus on measurable value for customers.

PPortfolio. A portfolio is a collection of related projects, providing an overview of the strategic objectives, financials, risks and governance.

MManagement. Combined, Project Portfolio Management, is a method of centralising oversight of one or more project portfolios, in order to achieve product department or enterprise strategic goals.

Why should I care?

For many reasons, but let’s start with the big ones first.

PPM is all about managing projects and time more efficiently, because after all, who wouldn’t like to have more control? We’ve all been in a situation where the development of a project has been held up by unanswered questions. Keeping track of time, budget, and margins from anywhere, at any given time, diminishes hiccups such as these from arising.

Optimise your resources with full control and visibility over their availability and skills, to ensure you’re not overloading them when they’re already stacked. More insight means you can help them meet their goals, by introducing prioritisation.

Make sure your teams are switched on with collaborative workspaces, contextualised message feeds, and efficient time and task tracking, to assist in the delivery of work so that deadlines and budgets are met every time.

Did you know?

We’ve partnered with Mavenlink, who specialise in all things PPM, connecting people projects and profits to make your business soar. Mavenlink allows your teams to perform their daily activities in a familiar environment, eliminating redundant data entry and increasing the reliability and accuracy of project data. You can automatically synchronize project status, logged time and user communication, between Mavenlink and JIRA which enables reporting for actionable insights from a familiar environment.

Clearvision provide enterprise businesses who’re using PPM with the right tools to help.

Clearvision’s PPM solution will allow development teams to continue to perform their day-to-day work within Jira, while providing PPM reporting on budgets and allocation using Jira data. This data can be used to identify risks and aid in the decision making process.

We’ve partnered to give you the best of both worlds.

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Tell me more about Jira portfolio?

Einstein quote

Out of clutter find PPM, from discord find Portfolio.

JIRA Portfolio is Atlassian’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) plugin for JIRA, offering one single view for planning and management across multiple teams and projects.

Did you know? PPM is no longer just for development teams – the JIRA Portfolio plugin improves collaboration and efficiency across the entire business. Last year, Clearvision attended the Atlassian User Group meeting and discovered that 83% of companies were using JIRA! In addition to this, over half of these users were utilising the software outside of their development teams.

As an Atlassian platinum solution partner, we can answer any and all questions you might have surrounding Jira Portfolio and the Atlassian stack.

Clearvision provide training for Jira Portfolio, which can be delivered in a half-day – (four hour session) or as a classroom course webinar. The purpose is to provide trainees with an in-depth look at the concepts behind Atlassian’s PPM plugin for JIRA, acting as an introduction to the tool with hands-on exercises.

Modules include a server hosted instance of JIRA Portfolio, to give users a practical working area to engage with. Real world settings and examples turn theory into practical knowledge for users, as they learn how to use JIRA Portfolio effectively, alongside gaining an understanding of key functionalities.

Through seven modules, the course covers:

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Teams
  • Releases
  • Reporting
  • Configuration and what ifs
  • Wrap up and Q&A

And just when you thought Jira couldn’t get any better, our partnership with Mavenlink happened!

Remember, you don’t have to be Einstein to make the most out of PPM, come and find us at Summit for more on how we can help.

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