Lean PPM with Meisterplan

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Implement PPM Basics with the  Lean PPM™ Framework

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Achieve Success Together

Achieve Success Together with the Lean PPM Framework

The success of your company is not measured by the success of individual people or departments. To move forward confidently as an organization, you need reliable data, a simple decision-making process and alignment across departments.

Our lean PPM framework makes this possible.

Just Enough PPM

Lean PPM™ includes all activities, meetings and roles you need for project portfolio management — without all the things you don’t. Make portfolio decisions quickly with this streamlined framework.

Lean PPM Is Easier than You Think

Chances are you already have most of the roles, meetings and activities you need in your organization. With Lean PPM™ discover what you team may be missing, or what you may not need after all.

Check out the four basic Lean PPM™ activities to learn more.

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Strategize

Translating Your Business Strategy

Senior Management determines the business strategy for the organization, and a successful project portfolio should be aligned to that strategy. In this step of the Lean PPM™ framework, that strategy is translated into criteria that projects are evaluated by to determine their priority.

All projects, even projects already in progress should be evaluated and prioritized based on the decided criteria.

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Collect

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.

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Decide

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.

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Execute

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.

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.

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Meisterplan Is Your Software for Lean PPM


Get all the features you need for effective project portfolio management.
Strategize
  • 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
Collect
  • Supports your project intake process from idea to active project with the Board view
  • Create portfolios or sub-portfolios specifically for new project initiatives
  • Mark projects with the current stage gate
  • Use what-if planning to see how new initiatives would affect your portfolio
Decide
  • Clear and simple visuals that make your portfolio easy to understand
  • The ability to focus on the strategic value of projects using the Board view to make informed decisions
  • Scenario planning to effectively adapt plans
  • Real-time updates to the portfolio for transparency
  • Instant resource allocation to measure the impact on the portfolio
Execute
  • 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
Dennis Riedel

What Dennis Loves About Meisterplan

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!

PMO (Central Unit Sales & Services) | TRUMPF | open_in_new

Dennis Riedel

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What Matthias Loves About Meisterplan

Before Meisterplan was introduced, our resource management was a game of Excel bingo: time-consuming, cumbersome, and error-prone.

Chief Project Portfolio & Resource Management | Flughafen München GmbH | open_in_new

Matthias Graf

Meisterplan customer Felix Willing

What Felix Loves About Meisterplan

Meisterplan opened our eyes to resource bottlenecks and new portfolio solutions.

CIO | Hella | open_in_new

Felix Willing

What Christopher Loves About Meisterplan

When you don’t have a resource management tool you end up putting work on people without knowing how loaded they are. That leads to health problems, such as stress. It leads to people working ridiculously long hours. The retention of your staff goes down. With Meisterplan, we can protect our people.

Head of PMO | Siemans Gamesa | open_in_new

Christopher Pearson

Barry Cousins

What Barry Loves About Meisterplan

I give Meisterplan an A+ for the experience of modifying the project timeline and resourcing. Consider this model if you’ve struggled to forecast resource capacity using spreadsheets or large commercial tools.

Senior Director, PMO Practice | Info-Tech Research Group | open_in_new

Barry Cousins

Darrin McLaughlin

What Darrin Loves About Meisterplan

There is no other product that does what Meisterplan does in terms of portfolio management and resource management without unessential extra features. If there were another product that does what Meisterplan does, I would have found it, because I tried them all.

Senior Vice President/Technology Officer | Interra Credit Union | open_in_new

Darrin McLaughlin

What Bredon Loves About Meisterplan

Meisterplan filled a significant gap for us in understanding how we are utilizing our capacity. We now have a much better idea when we need to either say no to new projects or adjust timelines and team members assigned to projects. No other tool gave us this high-level view. It brought our stress level down.

Vice President - Operations

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