New updates and features for the Projectum solutions including

For more than 15 years, Projectum has vowed to help companies around the world become more efficient through better-structured work management. As a Microsoft Partner, Projectum is relying on the Microsoft technologies with an increasing focus on the Microsoft Power Platform in recent years.

With the introduction of Team Planner in 2017 and Power PPM in 2019, Projectum positioned itself as a strong provider of tools and solutions within the landscape of Project, Portfolio, and Work Management. This has been manifested further with the introduction of Time for Teams, Power Hub, and most recently, What If.

This year, the presentation of Projectum First in April marked a new concept labeled “Waves”. Four times a year, Projectum will release new updates and features on their suite of products, through a “Wave”. These four annual waves represent a systematic approach to continuously introducing new updates and features to our suite of products – to ensure that users always are working with the best features available.

Today, we are presenting Wave 2 which includes updates and new features for Power PPM, Team Planner, and Time for Teams, as well as an official introduction to What If.

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Power PPM is an end-to-end PMO solution, built on the Microsoft Power Platform, that serves organizations with an overview of their initiatives, programs, and portfolios. The primary objective of Power PPM is to maximize the benefits a company accrues from the initiatives it undertakes. This is achieved by providing the PMO with an end-to-end, top-to-bottom overview by “drilling down” to other data entities.

This release has enhanced user-friendliness. The experience of creating new tasks has been given an update and native views now show standard filters e.g. soft dependencies. Pre-defined filters have been added to the Gantt view as well as creating new cost elements in Power Financials.

On top of this, two new features are introduced for the Portfolio Manager: Power Roadmap and Power Board.

The biggest update in this release is Power Roadmap.

Power Roadmap helps users understand how strategy is connected to execution through a timeline overview, and has been created eventually to eliminate the manual creation of timelines in PowerPoints etc.

Power Roadmap works by enabling users to connect any work item towards strategic areas, that is OKR’s, Portfolios, Programs, Products etc., into one timeline and thus create a real-time overview of the chosen activities. As a result, Power Roadmap provides a way of communicating plans and progress towards the strategy in a high-level overview. This feature will be available to all Power PPM users and will further support our methodology of “Controlled Agility”.

“With Power Roadmap, we’ve created a brand-new solution to solve some of the most complex problems in the era of hybrid and product portfolio management. We are basically bridging the gap of roadmaps, timelines, and release plans, something often found in hand-held Power Points.” Peter Kestenholz, Partner at Projectum.

What is Power Roadmap?

Power Board is another new feature that is being introduced in Wave 2. A built-in Kanban-style board that supports the process of scoring and prioritization Ideas and new Initiatives.

Want to learn more about the updates?
Sign up for the upcoming webinar, where we will do a live demonstration of all the newest features and updates in Power PPM.

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Team Planner is a state-of-the-art resource demand management tool, built for resource and line managers to keep track of their resource utilization. Team Planner is the most mature product from Projectum, having been available on the market for 5 years.

The user interface has always been one of the key strengths of Team Planner. For this release the focus has been on fine-tuning the UI even more as it has been updated with a modernized look, to suit all roles inside of Team Planner. Another area that has received attention is the ability to integrate with other applications and SQL databases. For example, it is now possible to integrate with the Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS) from Power PPM. Additionally, our SQL exporter has been updated to provide a more stable integration engine, which in the end can secure data stability.

“We’ve seen a need for the customer to have a place to store or build their RBS outside of Team Planner, as they might have it in their Azure AD or from a different HR system. So, with this new integration, we’ve built this place in Power PPM, which is a great addition as it allows for more flexibility, which is a strong argument for our users to choose our solutions in the first place.” Says Peter Jensen, Product owner at Projectum.

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Apart from this, Team Planner now also has the possibility of Multi Grouping Resource Picker, which will provide users with easier and quicker access to find the correct roles for their initiatives.

Curious about the newest updates in Team Planner?
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Time for Teams is a tool for time tracking that enables companies and employees to keep track of spent time and eventually optimize their resource allocations. Time for Teams can be downloaded directly in Microsoft Teams and has been built to make it easier and more fun to do time registration.

With this Wave 2 release, the focus has been on looking at employees’ working behaviors and these findings make it even more simple for users to register time. First, Time for Teams now has better support for all devices, creating a more streamlined experience across devices. Time for Teams also allows users to work with periodic views, with the option of time registration for entire weeks which means faster and easier time registration. Furthermore, it is now possible to register time in percentages rather than hours.

As with Team Planner, Time for Teams is also getting improved synchronization to make it easier for Project Managers to synchronize initiatives and tasks from Power PPM to Time for Teams. This will enable Project Managers to make any initiative available to the entire project team, without having to share tasks individually.

In addition to this, we have also added a check-in/check-out feature to improve data quality, guided tours for easier onboarding, and increased the number of delegates on individuals.

Want to explore the new features in Time for Teams further?
Sign up for the upcoming webinar, where we will do a live demonstration of all the newest features and updates in Time for Teams.

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At Projectum First, What If was introduced as an upcoming product for simulation and scenario planning. Today, we open for existing users of Power PPM, Team Planner, Time for Teams and Power Hub to explore What If and get first-mover insights on the product’s capabilities.

What If is an azure-based application where you can create different scenarios that help you determine whether you have the budget to run a project or not. With this product you can capture all your ideas, mature and convert the ideas, and select initiatives that you want to continue with. It is possible to add or update demand and forecast for each initiative. Within What If you can prioritize and create scenarios based on the initiatives, so it is easier to identify the best fit that aligns with the organization’s vision and strategy.

You are also able to supply resources and allocate funding to the initiative scenario to give you the full overview of the everyday operations of an initiative, including timeline and milestones.

What if gives you the opportunity to create simulations, impact analysis, portfolio- and roadmap planning.

“Over the last period, we have been focused on providing a product that supports the decisionmaking process, for creating different execution strategies to support you both in your demand and intake process or when needing to reprioritize your current portfolio. What If is a tool for simulation, scenario, and impact analysis that combines a simple user interface with predictive analysis capabilities that provide companies a platform to evaluate their initiatives. ” Product Owner, Kaare Moss

If you want to learn more about What If – you can sign up now to join our upcoming webinar where we will go more in-depth and give a live demonstration of simulation tool.