If you can’t explain it simply, you haven't understood PPM well enough

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If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” Albert Einstein

Such a simple yet profound quote from the great Albert Einstein. And while one might counter with, if what you’re trying to explain is complicated then it’s hard to put simply (an acceptable observation by the way), then let me assure you there’s always a way of explaining it, even to those who’ve no knowledge on the subject matter.

And that’s what Albert Einstein was trying to say. See how I did that?

I understood the quote, which therefore allowed me to explain it simply. I know... weren’t expecting that one were you!

So why am I talking about this?

Fair question. I’m here to talk to you about a subject that you may or may not be familiar with, and that’s PPM. I’m going to try and explain it to you as simply as possible, and you can tell me whether or not I’ve understood it well enough myself, through your own understanding at the end of this article. Make sense? Let’s give it a go.


What is PPM?

Let’s break it down.

P - Project. An agile project, unlike a traditional project, does not necessarily have a fixed end date. It is a collection of related work often tied to enterprise initiatives with the intent of providing services or products. Agile projects are typically delivered in increments with a focus on measurable value for customers.

P - Portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of related projects providing an overview of the strategic objectives, financials, risks and governance.

M - Management. Combined Project Portfolio Management, is a method of centralising oversight of one or more project portfolios in order to achieve product, department or enterprise strategic goals.


Why should I care?

For many reasons but let's start with the big ones first.

PPM is all about managing projects and time more efficiently, because after all who wouldn't want more control? We’ve all been in a situation where the development of a project has been held up by unanswered questions. Keeping track of time, budget and margins from anywhere at any given time, diminishes hiccups such as these from arising.

Optimise your resources with full control and visibility over their availability and skills, to ensure you’re not overloading your resources if and when they’re stacked up with work. More insight means you can help them meet their goals by introducing prioritisation.

Make sure your teams are switched on with collaborative work-spaces, contextualised message feeds and efficient time and task tracking to assist in the delivery of work, so that deadlines and budgets are met every time.


Did you know?

We’ve partnered with Mavenlink who specialise in all things PPM — connecting people, projects, and profits to make your business soar.


Mavenlink allow teams to perform their daily activities in a familiar environment, while eliminating redundant data entry, and increasing the reliability and accuracy of project data. Automatically synchronise project status, logged time, and user communication between Mavenlink and JIRA to enable reporting for actionable insights from a familiar environment.

Clearvision provide the right tools to help enterprise businesses who’re using PPM. 
Clearvision’s PPM solution will allow development teams to continue to perform their daily work within Jira, while providing PPM reporting on budgets and allocation using Jira data. This data can be used to identify risks and aid in the decision making process.

We’ve partnered to give you the best of both worlds.


Tell me more about Jira portfolio?

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Out of clutter find PPM, from discord find Portfolio.

JIRA Portfolio is Atlassian’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) plugin for JIRA, offering one single view for planning and management across multiple teams and projects.

Did you know? PPM is no longer just for development teams — the JIRA Portfolio plugin improves collaboration and efficiency across the entire business. Last year, Clearvision attended the Atlassian User Group meeting, and discovered that 83% of companies were using JIRA, and over half of these users were utilising the software outside of their development teams.

As an Atlassian platinum solution partner, we can answer any and all questions surrounding Jira Portfolio and the Atlassian stack.

Clearvision provides training for Jira Portfolio which can be delivered in a half-day (four hour session), or as a classroom course webinar. The purpose is to provide trainees with an in-depth look at the concepts behind Atlassian’s PPM plugin for JIRA, acting as an introduction to the tool with hands-on exercises.

Modules include a server hosted instance of JIRA Portfolio, giving users a practical working area to engage with. Real world settings and examples, turn theory into practical knowledge for users, as they learn how to use JIRA Portfolio effectively while gaining an understanding of key functionalities.

Through seven modules, the course covers:

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Teams
  • Releases
  • Reporting
  • Configuration and what-ifs
  • Wrap up and Q&A

And just when you thought Jira couldn’t get any better... our partnership with Mavenlink happened!

Look out for our new video interview with Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger and Clearvision CEO Gerald Tombs, as they discuss the partnership in more detail.

We're also working on a podcast which will include the full length audio of the video interview, so you can listen on the go!


Remember, you don’t have to be Einstein to utilise PPM!

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April 04, 2019
Mehrnaz Karimi
Mehrnaz Karimi

Mehrnaz is a Content Marketing Executive with five years experience in freelance journalism & copywriting, she has seen her writing published in eight different outlets, over print, digital, & television, including tech copywriting.

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