ProjectPlace? Project Right!
October 05, 2018
ProjectPlace? Project Right!
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with Planview Projectplace
We use ProjectPlace in two main ways. First, we manage our software development process with internal users. Our PM puts the big picture stories in ProjectPlace and then moves them through until their done. Users can see and comment, label, and move cards around to help us prioritize work for the development team. Secondly, we use it to manage a variety of data collection processes. Cards are assigned to people from various departments over a monthly process as each person completes their work.
- Labels, Dependencies, Checklists are really awesome aspects of each card that let you customize the work appropriately for the task at hand. The way the unused features are hidden allows each card to really fit the work and not become overly complicated.
- Using swim lanes to lay out the cards allows us to use one board where other tools would make us use multiple ones. We can lay them out by label, or assignment, depending on the project or task at hand.
- The labeling could use some work. I'd like to be able to change the order, add more colors or styles to the labels.
- The reporting could use some work. I'd like to be able to download the raw data over time, so I can get a better sense of how things are moving. The charts are good but hard to dive into without being able to see the backing data.
- Action items and tasks
- Prioritize resources and workloads
- Delegate work assignments
We only use ProjectPlace internally. We find it odd that you don't have an organizational view - you can't manage a bunch of accounts that you created, you can only kick them out of projects you own. To remove people from ProjectPlace, I have to log in as them and cancel my account, which is weird. I should just be able to turn off accounts for "my" domain. For example, Joe comes to work for me at ABC and receives the email account email@example.com. I invite him to ProjectPlace. Joe works for a few years and then leaves. There is nowhere that I can go in and remove the "firstname.lastname@example.org" account from ProjectPlace because ProjectPlace assumes that it is a personal account, not a business account. To get around this, I have to reset his password, log into his "email@example.com" email account, then log in to ProjectPlace as firstname.lastname@example.org, and then self-destruct the account. Really?
To me, ProjectPlace is the winner above and beyond all of these. Similar or less expensive, and far more practical functionality. Rather than try to be all things to all people, it focuses on basic functions that apply to most businesses. Beyond Asana, JIRA, and Trello (which have used and discarded, for the most part) we have received rising pressure to use the "free" Planner tool that comes with Microsoft Office 365, but to me, it falls so far short as to be laughable.
Anytime you're dealing with stakeholders (both technical and non-technical), I love to put a kanban board in front of them and let them see the work. ProjectPlace does a great job of exposing all work to the user and allowing them to keep track of all their various tasks, even across projects.