The global world is spinning and changing.
That is why we do projects – many projects – in a never ending stream.
Unfortunately many organizations experience budget overruns, delays, cancellations and do not achieve the expected benefits.
This means considerable waste. Of peoples time in meetings and cumbersome planning. Of trials and errors. Of bad money flow. Of opportunity and competitive strength. Of acting on inconsistent information.
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The highest attention from management and the entire organization is required
Regarded as equally important as the normal business governed by your ERP system.-
Top management to take the responsibility of supervision and priority setting on a regular basis for the entire portfolio of projects; on-going as well as the release of future projects.
This requires an integrated, transparent and easy to use information system with consistent processes and a planning tool which can deal with constraints and interdependencies across the entire portfolio..
We recommend to strengthen the Project Office to bring it all together.
Your project machine is like a dynamic and complex supply chain system.
Many projects – different in value, priority, scope and risk.
Limited capacity – people, available time and skill, budgets.
Ever changing conditions – scope, delays, priorities, available capacity.
Inadequate information flow. Many Excels out of sync. and varying data quality. Lots of unstructured messages.
The organization is bugged down by information retrieval and verification.
Marstrand Planning Intelligence is designed to help you reach your potential.
Our experience tells us that these elements are essential:
An office which is responsible for planning and coordination of information to management and communication of decisions.
People drive projects and are responsible for cost, quality and time. Transparency is key to involvement and motivation. They also risk to become bottlenecks and cause delays.
Thus plans should take capacity of time and competences into account on all time horizons.
Agility in the handling of issues and risk. To plan with scenarios.
Financial control should be tight and activity – resource driven.
Thus, MPI integrates all planning horizons in one solution: Strategic planning, project portfolio management, based on forecasts and pipeline for projects. When a project is decided to be released you can gradually increase specifications with work break down, dependencies and stage/gate management. Unlike most systems, MPI gives you the complete overview of the situation, i.e. what is committed and what is planned and forecasted – in one system.
People, teams and other resources
Resources can be individuals or budget resources / roles to be reassigned, you decide on the level of detail. Planning can also include other types of resources such as equipment, rooms, or materials.
When you assign a resource to a job you want to consider:
Avaliablity: Work hours and capacity, flexibility, holidays, illness, and other activities. You can define capacity as precisely as needed (working hours per day, absence and bookings and dates), cost and billing rates.