What is Lean PPM™?
Lean PPM™ is a framework or playbook that makes project portfolio management easy. Included in the Lean PPM™ framework are all the roles, tools and meetings your organization needs to manage your portfolio successfully. You can map the Lean PPM™ framework to what your organization is already doing and then fill in the blanks to ensure your organization has a complete portfolio management process ready to go as quickly as possible. You can get started with Lean PPM™ by downloading our free templates.
Meisterplan is a cloud software designed to support Lean PPM™. By using Meisterplan and Lean PPM™ together, you get a visual roadmap that allows you to optimize the amount of work you can accomplish with your current teams and resources. You can also determine how many more resources or employees are needed to accomplish additional work. The Lean PPM™ framework is perfect for those responsible for building and developing a Project Management Office (PMO).
Managing Multiple Projects Doesn’t Have to Be So Difficult
The purpose of project portfolio management is ultimately to provide a clear answer to the question “Who should implement which projects, when?”. The Lean PPM™ framework uses a system that is divided into four areas of activity.
We call these areas Strategize, Collect, Decide, and Execute. The activities within these areas run at the same time and are ongoing.
Translating Your Business Strategy
Senior Management determines the business strategy for the organization. A good project portfolio should be aligned to corporate strategy. In this step of the Lean PPM™ framework, that strategy is translated into criteria that projects are evaulated by to determine their priority.
All projects, even projects already in progress should be evaluated and prioritized based on the decided criteria. Meisterplan supports the Lean PPM™ framework in this part of the process with the following functionality:
Customize your project evaluation criteria
Easily rate each project based on that criteria
Automatically calculate a project priority score based on your project evaluation criteria
Sort your project list by priority
Drag and drop projects to reorder their prioritization
Collecting Project Proposals
In the Collect step of the Lean PPM™ framework, new projects are proposed and project initiatives are developed. Project proposals are created for each initiative including a description, and estimates of the benefit and effort required.
The Collect step also includes proposal coaching where the portfolio coordinator and the project initiator talk through the idea, improve the initiative and determine if the project should move to the next step of the process. If your organization has different committees who review and decide on different types of projects, the portfolio coordinator will also steer the initiative to the right committee.
Meisterplan assists with the activity in the Collect phase by allowing users to:
Create portfolios or subportfolios specifically for new project initiatives
Mark projects with the current stage gate
Use what-if planning to see how new initiatives would effect your portfolio
Deciding Which Projects Will Be Implemented, and When
The Decide step of the Lean PPM™ framework begins with a pipeline review where new project initiatives are checked for quality and receive a ranking. Next, the Strategize, Collect, and Execute steps of the PPM system come together in the portfolio board meeting. This is the highest-level decision-making committee for PPM. The portfolio board monitors overall progress in the portfolio, resolves conflicts, confirms the composition of the portfolio, and decides on future resource deployment. Finally, the decisions of the portfolio board meeting are communicated out to the rest of the company.
In Meisterplan, the Decide step is aided by:
Clear and simple visuals that make your portfolio easy to understand
Scenario planning to see how future portfolios could look
Real-time updates to the portfolio for transparency
Instant resource allocation to measure the impact on the portfolio
Managing Approved Projects
The Execute step in the Lean PPM™ framework is where project management happens. Your teams may use different project management tools and methods, but Lean PPM™ works independent of the chosen tools and methods. The key to successful execution of projects is transparency across teams about project progress and requirements.
Meisterplan supports project execution with:
Resource staffing on the role or individual level
Financial tracking to keep projects on budget
Clearly identifiable over allocation of resources
Project milestones and dependencies
Any project management conflicts that cannot be resolved are escalated to the execution steering committee. Only issues that cannot be answered within this process are escalated to the portfolio board meeting.
Meisterplan Is Your Lean PPM™ Solution
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Interactive company-wide resource planning
Flexible resource management at the role and employee level
Management of available capacity by department, role and skill
Real-time scenario simulation
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Why Customers Trust Meisterplan for Their Portfolio Management
“Meisterplan offers us so much more than just a tool. We benefit a lot from the Lean PPM™ framework and the best practices we can implement for our needs. Give it a try!”
Dennis Riedel, PMO (Central Unit Sales & Services) at TRUMPF
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