Microsoft recently released a new feature for Project called Roadmap. According to Microsoft, “Roadmap is a visually exciting way to combine information from multiple Waterfall and Agile projects and share it with co-workers.” But that’s just the beginning…
Every organization knows that there’s no one-size-fits all approach to managing work. More and more organizations are finding the need to adapt to what UMT360 calls the bi-modal (or even tri-modal) reality. A variety of execution methods – from traditional waterfall to Agile to back-of-the-napkin – are now all used within the same organization, sometimes within the same team and across the same projects and programs.
Microsoft’s latest enhancements not only acknowledge this reality, they go a step farther by providing tools and capabilities that enable Project users to more effectively manage projects regardless of where the work originated. With just a few clicks, users can visualize the relationship between multiple projects, map dependencies between projects and gain a clearer understanding into key milestones and delivery dates across the entire program. Lots of people are already taking advantage of these new features, and many of them are asking for even more.
The UMT360 team has also been hard at work to provide powerful roadmapping capabilities to the Microsoft Project Online community. In fact, over a year ago, we released the UMT360 Roadmap Manager App for Microsoft Project, and have continued to innovate on this powerful solution, adding new capabilities and refinements based on client feedback.
If roadmaps are something you’re looking to add to your organization’s PPM capabilities, take a look at Microsoft’s new features. And if you’re interested in taking it to the next level to even more effectively manage cross-project and program dependencies and automate intuitive roadmaps, check out UMT360’s Roadmap Manager. Either way, UMT360 Microsoft PPM experts are here help, so leave a comment if you have any questions, or reach out directly and let us know how we can help you get the most from Microsoft Project investment.