5 Reasons Why ONEPOINT Projects Should be on Your Must Have PM Tools List
In my next installment of this focused series on reasons why our PM community should know or try certain very useful and powerful project management tools they may or may not have ever heard of, I am going to cover ONEPOINT Projects.
ONEPOINT Projects is the leading provider of project and portfolio management (PPM) software solutions for modern project organizations. Unlike traditional PPM software, ONEPOINT Projects integrates simple, traditional, agile, and Jira projects into a single project portfolio and resource utilization database, thus covering the whole project life cycle. The hybrid and easy-to-use web application is available on cloud and on-premise and trusted by hundreds of customers across industries for more than 15 years.
1. Hybrid Project and Portfolio Management
ONEPOINT Projects goes into the heart of complex project and portfolio management with its innovative and hybrid approach. Project management offices can plan, execute, and control simple, traditional, and agile projects in a single project portfolio and resource utilization database. ONEPOINT’s software solution supports all major features of common international PM standards such as IPMA, PMI, and PRINCE2.
By combining traditional and standards-based project and portfolio management with the best of Scaled Agile, hybrid project planning becomes possible. ONEPOINT Project’s hybrid approach allows taking advantage of fully integrated agile methodologies such as Kanban boards while complementing them with proven traditional tools like WBS and Gantt charts.
Figure 1: ONEPOINT Projects Overview
2. Unique Bidirectional Integration with Jira
With ONEPOINT’s bidirectional (two-way) integration of Atlassian’s Jira, project managers and team members can plan and execute projects in both tools and leverage from their advantages. Top management can plan and control all agile, traditional, and Jira projects in ONEPOINT Projects while getting a simple overview over all portfolios. At the same time, team members can execute the tasks in Jira as usual so that everyone can operate in their preferred tool. All data is automatically transferred to both tools in real-time, and information only needs to be entered once. By incorporating the synced data into ONEPOINT’s integrated project database, visual resource planning, resource utilization analysis, status reporting, and much more becomes possible for Jira projects.
To learn more about ONEPOINT’s Jira integration, check out ONEPOINT’s solution “Hybrid PPM for Jira” or download the whitepaper. ONEPOINT Projects can further integrate in leading enterprise applications such as Confluence, Slack, and SAP. Learn more about ONEPOINT’s connectors and integrations.
Figure 2: ONEPOINT’s bidirectional Jira integration
3. Resource Management and Utilization-based Planning
ONEPOINT Projects provides a seamless integration of resource management for practical utilization-based planning of projects. When planning, project managers can enter different resources and assign them hourly rates or absences to account for unavailability, i.e., vacations. An overall resource utilization view allows visual resource leveling and keeping track of their allocation across all active projects. If a resource is unavailable, i.e., utilized in another project, the software automatically displays conflicts and overloads. The drag & drop feature helps with managing these resources.
What’s more, is that resource management is even possible for agile project planning via sprint boards. Story points are automatically converted to show the corresponding utilization. Project managers can also drag & drop stories for faster planning.
ONEPOINT provides a graphical visualization of resource utilization across all projects, optimizing planning and avoiding conflicts, overloads, and absences. A resource histogram further displays resource utilization based on project probabilities and indicates resource (un-)availability over time. Finally, a what-if scenario planner helps in demanding scenarios quickly via drag & drop of resources.
Figure 3: Visual Resource Histogram
4. Support for The Whole Project Life Cycle
ONEPOINT Projects goes well beyond planning by covering the entire project life cycle and accompanying project managers from the beginning to the end of a project. In contrast to other software providers, ONEPOINT Projects integrates project charter, kick-off, and project close-down according to the guidelines of PM standards such as IPMA, PMI, or PRINCE2. During implementation, integrated meeting management functionality is used to take useful meeting minutes, allocate to-dos, and even run sprint retrospectives in agile projects.
Above all, ONEPOINT Projects extends the project life cycle by many features for project controlling, i.e., risk management and stakeholder analysis. Status Reporting and Traffic Lights help keep track of plans and actuals of objectives, and the software features ready-to-use controlling tools such as trend analysis or work-break-down structure. ONEPOINT Projects has a unique scope of features and tools along the entire project life cycle.
Figure 4: Project Life Cycle in ONEPOINT Projects
5. Straight Forward Navigation and Clear Overviews
ONEPOINT Projects is known for its easy-to-use software solution with a highly visual interface on all devices. It has a clear overview over all projects and portfolios, thus provides project transparency in real-time. The straightforward navigation allows a quick orientation in the software. Project members benefit from ease of use and self-explanatory features, which is especially important for employees who are not professionally involved in project management. ONEPOINT Projects uses its latest technologies to ensure outstanding usability and an easy-to-use tool for every project manager.
Figure 5: ONEPOINT Project’s Sprint Board
As you can see, ONEPOINT is a diverse and powerful enterprise project portfolio management tool with the ability to integrate simple, traditional, agile, and Jira projects into a single project portfolio and resource utilization database, thus covering the whole project life cycle. Making it an excellent choice without the organization needing to really scale or alter their approach when using ONEPOINT.