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Product Based Planning Software
In a traditional approach to planning the main attention is paid to activities necessary for completing a project and a schedule is treated as a plan showing who and when should carry out these activities.
Product Based Planning Technique
In the Product Based Planning Technique a plan should first define a final result (a final product of the plan), to be delivered by the plan’s execution.
The technique is based upon an observation that the same product may be obtained as a result of different activities. All these activities can differ in duration, costs, resources required, but they should give the same product. Planning should start with a possibly precise definition of the final result - the plan’s final product.
To complete each of the final products it is often necessary to create or deliver many partial products, which need to be known not only by name, but they should be described in such details that it would be possible to allocate them to producers or suppliers and check their quality when they are ready.
While identifying and describing products it is useful to group them in such a way that none is missed. Products can be grouped by physical similarity, similar production technology e.g. documentation, trained people, software, hardware etc. It is worth to remember that during the first phase of planning it is important to know what products we need, but it is not important what would be a sequence of their production and/or delivery.
A Product Breakdown Structure is a very useful tool to identifying and grouping products in such a way that none of the main products is not neglected while planning.
Product Based Planning Software
Aquion offers fully featured product based planning software from P2ware. The P2ware Planner Suite has been designed for organisations of all sizes, and can be user-modified to align with recognised project management methodologies and standards (e.g. PRINCE2™, PMI®; PMBOK®) or with a client's own bespoke in-house methodology.
P2ware Planner for Project Support Office 2011 is the most advanced project management tool intended for project, programme and portfolio support offices which define project management standards in any organisation.
Planner for Project Support Office (PSO) has all features of P2ware Planner Professional and P2ware Planner Enterprise but it has also views that allow to customise application and create plan templates with custom properties, mathematical or logical formulas, perspectives, custom user interface or even with hidden unused functions. Due to these customisation features, it is easy to adjust the software to team, project, programme or organisation requirements or standards.
P2ware Planner Enterprise 2011 is a fully featured, advanced project management tool, intended for professional project managers creating and executing plans in an integrated project, programme and portfolio management system - a system with P2ware Planner Server as a central project management application.
P2ware Planner Server is software designed to manage projects and programmes. In connection with P2ware Planner Professional and intranet it is a core of the project and program management system, which can be adapted to specific needs of the organization. Such system can cooperate with mail programs like: Microsoft Outlook®, TeamWise®, Lotus Notes®, it can also be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint®, as well as with ERP systems.
P2ware Planner Professional is a tool for every project manager. This project management tool combines the practical planning experience with the latest technology into a unique solution designed to planning projects, using the full product based planning technique, in line with PRINCE2™ and the PMBOK® PMI® planning process and to control plans implementation. It is a program created by professionals for professionals.
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