All project managers do is boss people around and waste time in meetings. This stereotype is common at some companies. Ask a typical design team member what a project manager does, and they probably won’t be able to tell you exactly. They don’t see how their tasks relate to other deliverables.
The Project Planner role on the cloud-based 3DEXPERIENCE® platform democratizes project management and provides end-to-end visibility into the project. Planner connects design data with specific tasks and with assigned team members via a common, browser-based interface. Stakeholders have instant access to project members, tasks, changes, communications, designs, and more.
In this collaborative environment, team members always see the latest status because they access live data. They can view, track, and manage one or several projects easily via their own or a shared dashboard. This provides instant, accurate communication to the whole team and improves productivity.
Manage Your Projects in Real-time
Project Planner uses a team-based, collaborative model that dynamically builds the project team’s activities as the plan progresses.
One person can define the whole project and all the tasks, or each team can define their own activities creating sub-projects. Project Planner combines all sub-projects in chronological order based on task dependencies and creates an overall project plan with a clear schedule. Its scheduler engine automatically optimizes the schedule to meet project constraints and resource availability based on task completion dates.
Frequent status meetings may become a thing of the past as Project Planner helps reduce the number of meetings necessary to complete a project. All stakeholders can see the project status on a dashboard, from any device, whether at the office, traveling or working from home. Project Planner delivers schedule changes to stakeholders in real-time and all project members can readily track their status online. As soon as a task is done, the relevant teams are notified, and project leaders receive notifications when tasks or milestones are late.
Store All Project Data in One Secure Location
Projects are always secure. Project managers can assign different levels of access rights to different stakeholders (Viewer, Author, or Leader). Project Planner maintains access rights to task deliverables and attachments in accordance with the security definition of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
All the data generated during a project is attached to your project, providing a complete audit trail. This data can also serve as a valuable learning tool for the product development team helping them discover what went well and what needs improvement.
Because data is securely stored on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, stakeholders can access the project dashboard at any time from any place with any internet-connected device.
Communicate without Emails and Phone Calls
Now team members and stakeholders can see where things stand in the grand scheme of things. If marketing needs to know when engineering is 30 days out from delivery to meet content creation time frames, they can simply look for themselves: No more time wasted in repeat calls or emails to engineering.
Project Planner enables you to connect people not only with their tasks but also with specific deliverables such as design and documentation files. This is the real value of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform: connecting people, ideas, tasks and data.
Plus, managers and executives have a quick, real-time view of project status with access to project deliverables. Imagine being able to review CAD designs and other data online, even on the go, without using traditional CAD systems or other tools.
Project Planner enables you to plan, execute, and monitor projects in real-time. Contact your local SOLIDWORKS® reseller for more information. We’d also love to hear your feedback below.