This blog series explains how PS+ helps people be effective as shown by Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Being effective requires vision of the ultimate goal so one may decisively act (or NOT) based upon how those actions might impact that goal’s accomplishment; Covey calls this the second habit, to Begin with the End in Mind. If you don’t know where you want to go, then a map won’t help. Effective people choose to use PS+ because it makes using a project management information system easy AND productive. Easy is important because people will choose the path of least resistance when asked to adopt new technologies.
PS+ was built by people who were frustrated that the best-in-class project management solution, Microsoft Project Online, was not the easiest to use out of the box. The outcome is a product that improves the results that every role wants from a PMIS, out of the box, with no need for training. PS+ apps benefit people who look for the output of the data they and others enter to track project progress.
Some ways to see this in PS+ include:
- PS+ Navigator – right from the very beginning, on the PS+ home page, PS+ makes it easy to use Microsoft Project Online with a pop-up menu to jump immediately where you want to go to manage your project!
- PS+ Reporting – Any authorized role can find out what they want to know about their projects, immediately out of the box! The PS+ Highlight Report helps Project Managers present what Executives most want to know. The PS+ Issues Report collates across projects so you can see if anything happening in one project may impact another!
- PS+ Project Types templates – Each of the PS+ OOTB project types uses a WBS appropriate for that project type. Why create new schedules with blank tasks unless that’s what you want? PS+ standard project types include PMI, agile, Prince2, SharePoint task list, and blank.
- PS+ Project Sites – the quicklaunch bar gets configured according to the project type when created (e.g. PS+ PMI project types quickbars link to Change Requests while Agile project quickbars link to the Product Backlog). You and your team can collaborate immediately OOTB!