Options graduate from the Options module to become Projects, the final step towards realising the idea and creating value. In this module, Solverboard blends Agile principles with project management methods to provide a sophisticated and flexible project management system to deliver your innovation projects.


Project Principles


Solverboard breaks down the process of defining, managing and executing projects into 4 principles; Manage, Deliver, Release and Direct - here’s how: 




Manage - The Manage element is the Project Manager's central workspace, designed for defining, planning, tasking of work and the day to day management of the project. Manage project objectives, constraints, risks to help assure the project delivers the innovation and its intended benefits. 

 

Deliver - Every organisation has their own preferred delivery methods, so Solverboard allows for many different delivery teams and delivery methods and tools. Whether you're using agile or classic waterfall or other approaches, the platform tracks the progress of all work items, enabling you to stay informed of the status of all work, from all delivery teams, in one central location.


Release - Releases are used to make sure something of value gets to the end customer as soon as possible to ensure the earliest realisation of benefits and feedback. The planning and management of release deployments to end-users helps to make sure customer feedback and learning remains continual throughout the project so the project can remain flexible, agile and adjust as to always maximise the value of the innovation. Release milestones provide focus and enable the coordination of multiple team work items into a single product of value.


Direct - Stages can be used in Solverboard to provide a review point between the organisation and the project manager that the project is on track to deliver its business case. It is the key exchange point between the project team and the organisation balancing the need for organisational control and governance while allowing day to day flexibility and autonomy for the project team. In Solverboard the stages are customisable to your organisation's project framework.


Project Themes and Methods


Solverboard uses a comprehensive set of projects methods to help you execute your project confidently with the focus of the realisation of benefits in mind. The following project methods are used and we would love your feedback on others to include.

 

Project Definition, Planning and Monitoring


Project Definition - A central workspace to define your project scope, objectives, success criteria, team, resources and delivery approach in accordance and customisable with your organisation’s project management framework.

 

Project Planning & Budgeting - Create a top-level plan, timebox the stages, plan your release strategy and define work packages to get your team(s) going to work. Estimate the resources required and prepare your project budget.

 

Develop the Business Case, Manage the Benefits - Envision the future this innovation will become, define your business model, describe the business benefits and create the business case. Assess the investment appraisal feeding ROI (Return on Investment) and NPV (Net Present Value) into the portfolio analyser Track and manage the business benefits to realisation. 


Managing the Project.


Stakeholders - Identify and continually assess stakeholders’ interest, needs, influence and feeling towards the project. Develop and action communication and engagement plans so they keep positively minded about your project and do what they can to make it successful.


Issue Management - Raise project issues, prioritise and action remedies to reduce impact on the project.


Risk Management - Capture and assess risks. Develop response plans and action your team to reduce risk your innovation projects. 


Opportunity Management - Identify opportunities that could enhance what the project is delivering then develop action plans to help make it happen.


Work & Integrations - Solverboard Projects integrates with most leading project tools to enable your teams to task, plan and work in the tools they’re most comfortable with whilst providing status update back into the top level plan and a coordinated workspace of Solverboard. You can also task directly through Solverboard.


Project Meetings - Schedule and run all project meetings through Solverboard. Capture actions, key decisions and outcomes on the go – no more waiting for meeting notes or taking the time in writing up.

 

Actions - All actions regarding the project in one workspace and individual team members task list.

 

Project Direction, Governance & Assurance


Manage the Stages - Providing organisational governance and assurance; Solverboard enables you to flow the project through your own lifecycle framework using stage reviews to assess the project health and performance against its objectives making sure the business case remains sound.


Learning - Solverboard is built on the principle of continual learning and this is never more so true when delivering projects. So, we’ve made it easy to capture and share learnings throughout allowing each future project to be that bit better helping to put you ahead of your competition.


Version Control - Big & small changes happen. Solverboard enables you capture these and track latest plan against the baseline making it easy for you to keep track and provide a history of all project changes.