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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/9j/pd/A4NX08SP4OMT.JPEGGreat project management tool - One point of truth!We currently use Bubble in NPD (New Product Development) to manage all new projects in development. It is used as a project management tool for the Innovation project managers and also as the "one point of truth" for all cross-functional teams involved in the project. Under each project/SKU profile, cross-functional teams are able to see the project overview, their tasks, what stage the project is in, meeting notes, basic timelines and who is involved.,Great at being able to manipulate projects and filter certain projects into a report. This is great for when we have different meetings for different channels e.g. food service vs speciality. Easy to use - our cross-functional teams use this and they are able to find what they need without a lot of training. The development team are understanding of our needs and happy to adapt the program for us.,Parent-child functionality. However we are currently working with Bubble to develop this and find a solution to our needs. Limited timeline capability. Sometimes the speed is slow - however I think this is related to our internet connection.,10,With financials being included in each SKU, it has lead us to be more finance focused and aware of what projects are more profitable than others. It has given us a better oversight of what everyone is working on and the SKUs in our portfolio - allowed us to allocate resources more efficiently.,Microsoft Office 2016, SAP Cloud PlatformBubble Innovator - Intuitive portfolio project managementBubble Innovator was implemented to provide a single source of truth that would support fact-based decision-making, consistency of project delivery and would be accessible to all who needed it. Now used across 4 departments within our business we use Bubble Innovator to provide a better understanding of potential projects and help strike a clearer balance between long and short-term innovation opportunities, enabling team members to work on more projects with greater efficiency, and at the same time, provide better visibility of the measurable benefits being delivered.,Simplistic, smart view of entire portfolio, with easy filtering for quick searches Readily accessible one-page summaries for projects, detailing specific data relevant to our needs Ability to rapidly run a variety of specific reports,Ability to export graphs / cut & paste graphs to presentations Agile-stage-gate Ability to run graphical reports Quicker ability to assess financial metrics for improved management and forecasting,9,Streamlined project portfolio - easy to make clear decision to 'kill' projects Better stakeholder / sponsor involvement through clear governance,SAP Adaptive Server EnterpriseMore than just software: a collaboration that streamlines productivity and alignmentBubble Innovator is our "single source of truth" for stage gate and portfolio management reporting. It is central to our PMO function and is used for regular monthly reporting of metrics, issue escalation & resolution, and portfolio optimization. Bubble Innovator has provided a level of transparency across the organization that was previously impossible to achieve. There are some key elements of the product that enabled this: highly intuitive user interface allows frequent data upload with minimal effort; visually appealing and simple automated reports drive transparency and alignment across the organization, while streamlining reporting (people can now spend time doing productive work, and less time trying to match an ever-evolving format for reports); and the new addition of highly customized reporting, so that users across many functions (upstream, downstream, pipeline, operations, regulatory, etc) can very easily create the reports that are best suited to their needs, and the questions their leaders are asking.,I already mentioned the simple user interface for data upload, and the equally intuitive customized reporting. Leadership and "supporting" functions for product development get tremendous value from this because they don't need to hunt down answers anymore. Everything from pipeline planning to operational planning can be built on the same foundation of objective data, rather than many different sources interpreted through many different lenses. But the greatest value I think Bubble Innovator delivers is not really the product itself. It's the sense of partnership and responsiveness from the Bubble Innovation team. The Bubble Innovation team becomes a part of your team. They are valued consultants with helpful input on best practices for stage gate management, portfolio analytics, and report visualization. I have continually been impressed with the responsiveness and effort that their team brings to the table. When we have challenges and need to customize our data or analytics or reporting, they are right there beside us, finding the best solution, sharing prototypes in a test environment, and implementing as fast as possible.,The biggest issue we've had in the past is customized reporting. But this has now been addressed with a new module dedicated to enabling any user to build the report to exactly meet their needs and address the questions being asked by their leaders. There is always room for improvement here, and the leadership demands for alternative views are frequently evolving, but with the customized reporting ability we can deal with this evolution far better than ever before, and beyond the capabilities of any competitive product I've seen. Detailed resource & capacity planning is not the strength of this tool. Compiling and packaging data to drive highly constructive conversations during stage gate reviews, pipeline reviews, and portfolio optimization discussions is. With that said, the Bubble Innovation team rose to the challenge of creating a high-level resource & capacity planning tool that now gives us reasonable ability to plan for forward-looking functional resource gaps in the context of a prioritized project list. It won't address detailed capabilities/competencies at the individual employee level. For senior level reporting, we tend to speak in PowerPoint. While it is pretty effortless to create Excel and pdf output from Bubble Innovator, it would be nice to be able to export reports/data/charts/content to PowerPoint.,10,As noted previously, streamlined and efficient reporting means more time working productively and less time converting all your updates into the slide format-of-the-year/quarter/month. Also mentioned previously, the transparency is an immediate benefit. Not just visibility to which projects have the greatest risk or value, but also which ones are at risk of missing milestones so you can proactively address them, and which ones simply don't have sufficient data entered/available to inform good decision making. The stage gate management tools, which Bubble Innovation worked very closely with us to develop, have driven improved rigor, consistency, and constructive challenge into our project management. If there are highly critical strategic elements that need to be incorporated into all projects across the business (e.g., heightened awareness of profitability impact), then you can efficiently push that into every stage gate conversation across every platform by integrating that element into your stage gate requirements, without having any impact on design control or more stringently controlled procedures.,GenSight Enterprise Portfolio Management,Vendor implemented,Yes,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,Data integrity - it was critical to reinforce with the PMO that the data were becoming highly visible, and inherent in high-level reporting & decision-making. The ease of use of Innovator allows every user to see how their data are compiled into reports, so they are aware of how the information is used, and how to best convey status updates, requests for assistance, or recommendations. As mentioned, when Bubble met face-to-face with users in every site globally it helped build rapport and a sense of team, so we were all working together to hit an aggressive deadline.,9,No,10,Yes,I've already mentioned the impressively proactive response when we first deployed the custom reporting tool. Without me even knowing an error had occurred, I received an offer of help from their tech support. When they learned that the error was not even visible to me as a user, they ensured that I was getting the functionality I needed.,Building custom reports Stage gate management - consistency, rigor, & constructive challenge are embedded,Resource & capacity planning - not sure there is an easy way around this, but for the tool to work effectively, functional resource capacity and project level assignments must be entered across every project and mapped over each quarter for each major function. The Bubble Innovation team has offered to implement pre-filled resource fields to streamline this, but the fact remains that it probably varies for every project and must be done manually, regardless of the software.,No,9Just what you need, without a bunch of stuff that you don'tBubble Innovator is being used across the organization to track and manage our portfolio of R&D projects. It is the source of truth for projects in our stage gate review process, providing information to decision makers at all levels on project selection and execution.,Bubble customize what data are required very quickly, so that we only look at what we need. Extremely responsive! Issues or requests for changes are handled typically within a day. Based on their experience from various industries, the Bubble team contribute valuable insights into what and how information gets reviewed.,Only thing I can think of is almost piddly, that is having to scroll on a screen within the web browser - so that you have to scroll the screen then scroll the browser screen to get to the bottom of a chart.,10,Don't have numbers for this section, unfortunately. Bubble Innovator have given our global company a web based tool that allows teams across remote locations to modify and review updates in real time.Amazing Portfolio Management Tool - will make your job a lot easier!!!We implemented Bubble Innovator within our R&D/Marketing Department for 2 main reasons, Portfolio Management and Gate approvals. We implemented the system in the past year and everyone in R&D and Marketing is working in this system. The system has addressed the issue of many different Excel spreadsheets of our portfolio, not organized correctly, not enough information on the spreadsheets; one central location is the biggest benefit. We also incorporated the Gate Process for approval of all our projects and this allows us to report to upper management in a consistent manner.,The team that implemented Bubble Innovator into our business was tremendous. They worked with us closely and listened to our needs in incorporating changes quickly. The support we received was professional, timely and throughout the years of implementation we built a great working relationship with the team. They spent the time to work with us and also trained our entire department/business on this new system. Change Management/Support - Bubble Innovator support team is responsive when asking for updates/upgrades to any report or additions/deletions that are required.,One improvement is all the reports need to be able to be placed into a PowerPoint easily, currently you have to take a picture and add [it]. This system is amazing and has helped me with my position of reporting and managing over 50 new projects.,10,Increased employee efficiency - one place for all information, one place to run consistent reports.
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November 20, 2015

Bubble Innovator Review: "More than just software: a collaboration that streamlines productivity and alignment"

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No stage gate or portfolio reporting solution can overcome poor input data. The organization has to be willing to commit to consistent and rigorous updates of the information, or the reporting becomes useless. From what I've seen of competitive systems, Bubble Innovator is the easiest to use in this regard, so the excuse of not having good data because it's painful to upload or cumbersome to retrieve goes away. And the ease with which you can produce customized reports allows you to immediately find the gaps and weak points in your data, and take action to address them. That's not to say that every report and function in Bubble Innovator is perfect. But the close collaboration and responsiveness of the Bubble Innovation team has made it relatively easy to triage, prioritize, and implement improvements along the way.
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December 10, 2015

Bubble Innovator Review: "Just what you need, without a bunch of stuff that you don't"

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Well suited for any new application, any customization (whether changes within the existing framework, expansion to cover new capabilities and scope, or development of a different framework), and any size organization.
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December 10, 2015

Bubble Innovator Review: "Amazing Portfolio Management Tool - will make your job a lot easier!!!"

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Bubble Innovator is suited for any business that does not have a centrally located portfolio management tool. It serves as one point of truth for the company, anyone can go in and run reports, look at the updates on any project, timelines, finance, etc.
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November 24, 2015

Review: "Everyone Seems to Like Bubble INNOVATOR for Stage Gate and Portfolio Decision Making"

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It would be difficult to comment specifically as it would depend precisely what the prospective new company would like it to do. In the area of stage gate and portfolio decision making, it has been a revolution for my company based on the prior methods we used which relied upon spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks, and were very labor intensive. So clearly I believe that it is well suited to this area of use. I think Bubble Innovator seems to be a relatively low cost option too.
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April 08, 2015

Review: "Bubble Innovator, recommended as a tool to manage New Product Development"

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Bubble Innovator is perfect to manage a stage-gate decision making process without introducing difficult, cumbersome software, and that stands alone from bureaucratic business process management software. I cannot find any other software which delivers this at such a reasonable price and without layers of complexity.
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October 22, 2014

Bubble Innovator Review: "At Last! A Project & Portfolio Tool with a difference!"

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Innovator is suited to companies who want an intuitive, easy to configure system to manage their NPD or similar portfolios of projects. It's an easy and lightweight tool to get up and running and little or no IT burden. Innovator doesn't pretend to have specialist capabilities in detail project planning or portfolio optimization, It would however provide many companies with all the functionality they need to manage their NPD efforts.
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September 29, 2014

Bubble Innovator Review: "INNOVATOR is Bubble-icious"

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Bubble Innovator is very structured related to moving through the gate process, and much of its logic is based on this structure. While this is great to keep consistent our management and reporting of core projects, it can be difficult to log projects that are not classic R&D Design Control projects. For example, special management initiatives, supply chain projects, or Marketing and Sales initiatives. There are times when you want to track this to know where resource effort is going, and these can be difficult to capture.
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January 11, 2017

User Review: "Bubble Innovator Overview"

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Bubble Innovator is well suited wherever you need to have one point of truth/consistency where there are multiple inputs from multiple teams. Due to the accountability factor it means that the project has a shared responsibility as opposed to just with the project manager.
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November 18, 2015

User Review: "Bubble Innovator is Awesome!!!"

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We have had tremendous improvements in our ability to drive new product revenues with a stage-gate process. Bubble Innovator has allowed us to automate this deployment which has driven our performance to a new level. This is a great product!
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November 23, 2015

Review: "Bubble Innovator - Simple straightforward portfolio management"

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Do you need a portfolio management solution that provides a single source of truth for all your project related information? Choose Bubble Innovator.
Do you have difficultly organizing cross functional alignment on the funded versus unfunded programs? Choose Bubble Innovator.
Do you have trouble communicating consistently with your markets the future availability of your NPD pipeline of products? Choose Bubble Innovator.
Does senior management constantly want updates on the status and progress of your programs for which you end up in a constant PowerPoint loop creating? Choose Bubble Innovator.
Do you need a project management solution to manage your projects? This is not Bubble Innovator.

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About Bubble Innovator

Bubble Innovator is a cloud-based Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) software solution from the Bubble Group headquartered in the UK. The software supports New Product Development processes, Portfolio Planning, and ongoing Portfolio Management. The platform enables cross-functional teams to collaborate effectively on projects and provides a flexible platform for business leaders to monitor and influence the commercial success of the New Product Development pipeline. For project teams, it provides real-time views on project status and risk, streamlines reporting, facilitates the preparation for stage gate and other project reviews, and enables fact-based decision making.

Bubble Innovator Features

Has featureNPD Project Dashboards & Reports
Has featurePorfolio Management Dashboards & Optimisation
Has featureScenario Analysis
Has featureNPD Resource Management
Has featureInnovation Process Management
Has featureStrategic & Technology Roadmapping

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Bubble Innovator Integrations

Importing & Exporting MS Excel data, Importing & Exporting MS Project data (Beta), API integration, Powerpoint & PDF report outputs

Bubble Innovator Competitors

Planisware, Sopheon Accolade, Planview, Clarity, GenSight

Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Required

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Bubble Innovator Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
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Mobile Application:No