- Generate the work breakdown structure quickly and easily from the appropriate project templates
- Help managers, planners and specialist employees to work closely together
- Link the work breakdown structure to results, resources and quality planning
Frequently, the projects in a company have just a few typical project structures that constantly recur in similar ways. Store these standards as Best Practice Process Templates and derive your concrete projects from this project structure toolkit quickly and easily. This is an easy, efficient way to assemble your individually tailored work breakdown structures (WBS), including from multiple template modules.
Basis for scheduling
You can also create the basis for scheduling by linking tasks in the template. When you do this, you do not have to specify any dates because these are not fixed until the concrete project is scheduled. In addition, you can integrate checklists, deliverables and documents directly in your project template.
Defining the task structure and planning milestones, deadlines and tasks are processes that run top-down. However, during the planning phase do not immerse yourself in scheduling and resource details. In CONTACT's concept, the WBS acts as a nexus combining both the top-down and bottom-up modes. Thanks to their shared view of the WBS, project managers, planners and project staff can, for example, work closely together when processing the work packages. Your project managers can anchor the definition of task results and their validation via status definitions, the reporting of results and documents directly in the WBS.
Documents control the project
You can either integrate documents as templates in which the results of the work have to be recorded or store them as accompanying documents for process instructions and standards. You can organize them both in the task context as well as in a project-specific storage structure. Last but not least, you can interconnect the project and product structure by means of documents. The intelligent information logistics allows project managers to concentrate fully on achieving the concrete work results instead of having to track activities.
The WBS forms the backbone of your project management activities and acts as the basis for your workflow, schedule and resource planning. Arrange the tasks in the WBS in the required chronological order by means of links, display the workflow and deadlines in a Gantt chart and let the system calculate your project dates. In addition, the tasks in the WBS form the basis for your resource planning. You can characterize resource requirements in advance in the project templates.
Work packages for defined roles
Your project managers can simply delegate work packages to responsible team members. You organize the transfer step-by-step by assigning the tasks to responsible roles (e.g. developer, QA officer) at an early stage. These role assignments can then subsequently be replaced by concrete individuals. The team members then see their tasks in their individual task lists and therefore always have their upcoming tasks under control. The model for the success of even the most complex projects and multi-project landscapes: With deductive planning from the WBS to work packages right through to the project goals.
Optimize the allocation of resources to project portfolios
Ensure optimum capacity utilization and improve your adherence to deadlines
Simplify your cross-project planning with a top-down approach
Make use of resource pools across departments and sites
Ensure the clear, transparent planning of project and program dates using Gantt charts
Create your scheduling quickly and efficiently using Gantt charts and templates
Define the timeframe and plan the detailed dates "bottom-up" in line with the specifications
Plan your projects from multi-project management through to scheduling details with optional views, settings and procedures
Overview of all existing project tasks and direct access to context information
Use tasks to set the course for a smooth transition from project planning to implementation
Allow your project participants an optimal self-organization
•Connect reliability with agility and keep track of the multi-project mode