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White Papers

Genius Project for Domino vs MS Project Server 2007

Deciding on a project management solution is a difficult task considering the numerous options available. Microsoft Project has long been recognized as a standard for the desktop. Yet scaling MS Project across multiple users and locations is not so simple. To gain true collaborative project management, it requires the purchase and configuration of numerous other software components in addition to Microsoft Project Server. Genius Project for Domino is a more cost effective, easier to deploy and use, feature rich alternative. The investment and administration costs are negligible compared to Microsoft Project Server.

Project Office Value

As the practice of project management has grown, so has the demand for a systematic method of  implementation. Organizations have acted quickly to acquire  project-scheduling software, send employees to project management  training programs, and even  establish project management academic degree programs. Companies can do something else to enhance their project management: establish project offices.  

Research and Development in the New Economy

In this economy, a good R&D focus means selecting the projects that have the best chance of success, the fastest ROI and that are aligned with company policy. And that is where project management plays a critical role, keeping your R&D focused, on track, lean and success oriented.

Social PPM

Properly applied social media conventions can be a huge asset to project management organizations. Open collaboration and concentrating project information in a single interface improves productivity, decreases costs and cuts down on errors. Curbing the “social” part of social media overcomes one of the most persuasive cases against social media in project management: information security. By creating closed communities accessible only by project teams, companies secure proprietary information and prevent stakeholders – customers, partners, vendors – from seeing and hearing things they shouldn’t.

This white paper will discuss how organizations can adapt the useful elements of social networking into powerful project portfolio management tools. It will detail the goals of a social media strategy: closed networks versus open networks; strengthening work groups; sharing business information; collaboration; productivity and transparency. 

Global Project Management

In a world where cloud and mobile technologies have eliminated the barriers of communication and collaboration across borders, oceans and time zones, project-centric organizations are increasingly mining the world for the best talent to deliver quality goods and services. In turn, this new global economy has created a more competitive environment where businesses are required to deliver superior products and services to more demanding customers at lower margins. In light of this reality, project-driven organizations must continuously improve their global strategy to maintain their competitive edge and remain profitable.

This white paper will examine the unique challenges confronted by project leaders and their dispersed teams and stakeholders, and the strategy required to effectively drive projects to success.

NPD Product Launch: Delivering the Product to the People

Typically New Product Development (NPD) projects are recognized for their rigorous gated process that ensures every step in the development cycle passes stringent criteria and scrutiny by all parties responsible for a product’s success. Moreover, at the heart of every successful NPD project lies a talent pool and leadership with a vision and objectives that not only need to be met, but more importantly accepted by its consumers at the end of this process.  With this in mind, it is crucial that the project activities and input of the project team and stakeholder’s are aligned with the overall vision of the project.  The product launch stage of NPD projects is critical in that it takes a working prototype and makes it available to consumers.  It’s the stage where a product will make its debut and prove its performance in the marketplace. 

In this paper, I will be focusing on the impact people have on the successful launch of a new product and the important role the effective planning of people and the projects they serve can impact a new product’s final acceptance in the marketplace.

NPD Prototyping: Benchmarking the People Behind the Products

Successful new product development (NPD) projects start with a great idea and are executed with the right plan. Pooling resources and sharing information among stakeholders are as critical to the success of an NPD project as the project itself. The effective resource planning at this stage will serve as a benchmark to what resources will be required when moving to full production, as well as the organization’s ability to deliver on its expectations.

In this paper, I will be focusing on the impact resources have on the prototyping stage in new product development projects and the future role project stakeholders can have on the final results of a new product’s success or failure. 

New Product Development: Project Selection

Effectively managing the people and the tasks responsible for pushing a project along the road to success requires a balanced approach. This balance between product viability and available resources can only be delivered through an all inclusive project and portfolio management framework.

In this white paper, I will be focusing on the impact resources have on new product development projects and the critical role project and portfolio management plays in providing complete visibility when deciding on your next great product idea.
 

Agile Development: Redifining "Management" in Project Management

Agile development has been around for nearly a decade. It supports rapid delivery of solutions, responds to changes at any point in the development cycle, and encourages a self-governing and motivated team of developers. Agile methodology has not only challenged the traditional methods of software development, but has challenged the ways in which software organizations look at their project management processes and the leadership teams responsible for the delivery of the development projects that directly impact their success.

In this paper, I will be discussing the new role project managers and their team members play when applying Agile methodology to their software development projects.

Project Performance Management

During the last 10 years Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) technology has greatly matured offering the desperately needed platform to facilitate the challenge of managing project information, improving collaboration among stakeholders and delivering critical status reports for multi-project environments. Like so many enterprise systems, PPM solutions are excellent at easily capturing the information needed. Where these offerings vary is the effectiveness in extracting and communicating relevant project information to improve the decision making capabilities of project management practitioners. A solid PPM strategy understands the power of analytics and how it can be leveraged to not only track project progress, but more importantly track project performance.

In this paper, I will be exploring the importance of solid analytics in a PPM strategy that can take your organization to the next level by developing a performance management strategy that will impact your project’s success.

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Testimonials
EPSI

When evaluating Genius Project, we found that it had a great balance between price and available functionalities.The solution is highly customizable to fit one's reality and integrates seamlessly via an open API. They display an excellent knowledge-base via a combination of their experts and web content.

Ibrahima Bah
IT Project Manager
Flomatik

The main reason for selecting Genius Project can be attributed to the first class service delivered by the Genius team confirming that we can build a long standing partnership with a trusted advisor, rather than just a transactional supplier/customer relationship. 

Another big factor in selecting Genius Project is the fact it delivers 90% of what we need today out-of-the-box and has the scalability and flexibility along with its technical team to meet out future needs.  In addition, Genius Project's user-friendly GUI is nice, clean and easy to follow with direct terminology and menu options that can adapt to our business.

Matt Harrison
Head of Programmes & Service Development