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Choose Quality based Project Organizer

One of the particularities of ProjeQtOr, which make it radically different from others, is that it is Quality Oriented.
In the facts, this means that you will get all the tools that will ease to ensure conformity to any Quality Management System, effortlessly and without any extra tool.


« Quality will waste my time, it is full of heavy processes, it will slow down my project. »


It’s what is too often heard from Project Leaders and teams.
But quality is simply meeting area between « Expectations » (some needs), an « Expression » of this need (a request, a specification) and some Realization (a product, a software).


Now, in practice, Systems Quality Management can often be seen as heavy with no added value.
However, the value actually exists, but it appears especially in cases of conflict or disagreement between the parties. Moreover, it is not so hard to implement.
For the majority of quality processes can be summarized in three actions:
Write what is to be done

It means describe expectations.
It is the need expression or specification.
Validation of these documents will ensure that need expression fits expectations.
Do what is written It means realize exactly what is described.
It seems obvious, but it is worth saying.
Write what has been done
It means describe what has finally been realized.
This can be for example through technical papers or reports.


This principle is easily applicable for instance to meeting:
Set the agenda of the meeting
Follow the agenda for the meeting
Write the minutes of the meeting.
This simple principle avoids sterile meetings, much “time consuming”. And this principle can be applied to almost every project step.


ProjeQtOr will permit you to implement this principle in a simple and mostly centralized way. Everything is written and everyone shares the same information.
You can track and trace all activities through tickets, activities and milestones, with the possibility to define custom checklists.
You can measure the risks and opportunities and define the Risk Management Plan by building up adequate action plan.
You can list the requirements and verify test coverage, and the results of these tests on test sessions.
You can control the various exchanges, such as questions / answers, decisions, and the evolution of the documentation.
You can also find just during which meeting such a decision was taken and who was present.
All of this in a simple, fluid, shared and centralized way.


ProjeQtOr  is a “Quality based Project Organizer”.
It is particularly well suited to IT projects, but can manage any type of project.
It proposes a unique interface
It offers all the features needed to different Project Management actors under a unique collaborative interface.


Planning management

 

ProjeQtOr provides all the elements needed to build a planning from workload, constraints between tasks and resources availability.

The Project is the main element of ProjeQtOr .
It is also the highest level of visibility and definition of access rights based on profiles .
You can define profiles; some have visibility on all projects, others only on the projects they are assigned to.
You can also define sub-projects of a project and sub-project of sub-projects without limit to this hierarchical organization.
This allows for example to define projects that are not real projects, but just a definition of the structure for your organization.
An activity is a task that must be planned, or includes other activities.
This is usually a task that has a certain duration and should be assigned to one or more resources .
Activities appear on the Gantt Planning view.
milestone is an event or a key date of the project.
Milestones are commonly used to track delivery dates or force a start date of activity.
They can also be used to highlight the transition from one phase to the next one.
Unlike activities, milestones have no duration and no work.
Resources can be assigned to activities.
This means that some work is defined on this activity for the resource.
Only the resources affected to the project of the activity can be assigned to the activity.
Resources enter their time spent on the Real work allocation screen .
This allows for a real-time monitoring of work.
Moreover, updating the left work allows to recalculate the planning taking into account the actual progress on each task.
The planning is based on all the constraints defined:
• left work on each activity
• availability of resources
• affectation rate of resources to projects and assignment rate of resources to activities
• planning mode for each activity (as soon as possible, fixed duration, … )
• dependencies between activities
• priorities of activities and projects
The planning is displayed as a Gantt chart.

The planning can also be viewed as a Project Portfolio, which is a Gantt planning view restricted to one line per project, plus optionally selected milestones.


Resource management

 

ProjeQtOr manages the availability of resources that can be affected to multiple projects. Tool calculates a reliable, optimized and realistic planning.

Resources are the persons working on the project activities.
A resource can also be a group of persons (team) for which you do not want to manage individual detail.
You can manage this through the capacity of the resource, that can be greater than 1 (for a group of people) or less than 1 (for a person working part-time) .
The first step is to affect each resource to the projects on which it has to work, specifying the affectation rate (% of maximum weekly time spent on this project).
Then you can assign resources to project activities .
This means that some work is defined on this activity for the resource.
Only the resources affected to the project of the activity can be assigned to the activity.
To manage off days, you have a global calendar.
This calendar can be split into multiple calendars, to manage distinct availability types :
⇒ you can create a calendar “80% ” with every Wednesday as off day
⇒ you can manage distinct holidays when working with international teams.
Each resource is then assigned to a calendar.
Resources enter their time spent on the Real work allocation screen .
This allows for a real-time monitoring of work.

Moreover, updating the left work allows to recalculate the planning taking into account the actual progress on each task.


Incident management

 

ProjeQtOr includes a Bug Tracker to monitor incidents on your projects, with possibility to include work on planned tasks of your projects.

Ticket is any intervention not needing to be planned (or that cannot be planned).
It is generally a short activity for which you want to follow advancement to describe (and possibly provide) a result.
For example, bugs or problems can be managed through Tickets:
  • You can not schedule the bugs before they are identified and registered
  • You must be able to give a solution to a bug (workaround or fix)
Simple tickets are just simplified representations of Tickets for users that will “create” tickets but not “treat” them.

Elements created as simple tickets are also visible as Tickets, and vice versa.


Costs management

 

All elements related to delays can also be followed as costs (from resources work) and managing other expenses all costs of the project are monitored and can generate invoices.

The Project is the main entity of ProjeQtOr.
In addition to tracking work on projects, ProjeQtOr can track the costs associated with this work.
An Activity is a task that must be planned, or includes other activities.
Work assigned to resources on activities is converted into associated costs.
To calculate the cost of work ProjeQtOr defines the Resources cost.
This cost may vary depending on the role of the resource and may change over time .
Projects expenses can also record expenses not related to resource costs (purchase, lease, sub-contracting)
Individual expenses can record expenses generated by a given resource.

ProjeQtOr can manage various financial elements found on a project: Quotation (proposals), Orders (received from customers), the invoicing Terms and Bills.


Quality management

 

The specificity of ProjeQtOr is that it is Quality Oriented: it integrates the best practices that can help you to meet the quality requirements on your projects.
This way, the approval stage of your Quality Systems are eased, whatever the reference (ISO, CMMI, ITIL or else).

Workflows are defined to monitor changes of possible status.
This allows, among other things, to restrict certain profiles from changing some status.
You can, for instance, limit the change to a validation status to a given profile, to ensure that only an authorized user will perform this validation.
You can define Delays for ticket. This will automatically calculate the due date of the Ticket when creating the Ticket.
Indicators can be calculated to point out non respect of expected work, end date or cost values.
Some indicators are configured by default, and you can configure your own depending on your needs .
Non respect of indicators (or the approach of non-respect target) can generate Alerts.
It is possible to define custom Checklists that will allow, for instance, to ensure that a process is applied.
Many Reports are available to track activity on projects, some displayed as graphs.
Finally, thanks to ProjeQtOreverything is traced.
You can follow-up, in a centralized and collaborative way, the various elements you used to follow-up (or not) in many Excel sheets : list of Questions & Answers, recording Decisions impacting the project, management of documents configuration, follow-up of meetings …

In addition, all updates are tracked on each item to keep (and display) an history of the life of the item.


Risks management

 

ProjeQtOr includes a comprehensive risks and opportunities management, including the action plan necessary to mitigate or treat them and monitoring occurring problems.

Risk is a threat or event that could have a negative impact on the project, which can be neutralized, or at least minimize, by predefined actions.
The risk management plan is a key point of the project management. Its objective is to :
 • identify hazards and measure their impact on the project and their probability of occurrence,
 • identify avoidance measures (contingency) and mitigation in case of occurrence (mitigation),
 • identify opportunities,
 • monitor the actions of risks contingency and mitigation,
 • identify risks that eventually do happen (so they become issues)
An Opportunity can be seen as a positive risk. This is not a threat but an opportunity that has a positive impact on the project.
Opportunities must be identified and followed-up not to be missed out.
Issue is a risk that happens during the project .
If the risk management plan has been properly managed, the issue should be an identified and qualified risk.
Actions shall be defined to avoid risks, not miss the opportunities and solve issues.
It is also appropriate to provide mitigation actions for identified risks that did not occur yet.

Perimeter management

 

ProjeQtOr allows you to monitor and record all events on your projects and helps you in managing of deviations, to control the perimeter of projects.

Follow-up and organize Meetings, track associated action plans, decisions and easily find this information afterwards.
You can also create Periodic meetings, which are regularly recurring meetings (steering committees, weekly progress meetings, … )
Decisions follow-up allows you to easily retrieve the information about the origin of a decision :
 • who has taken a particular decision ?
 • when ?
 • during which meeting ?
 • who was present at this meeting ?
Not revolutionary, this feature can save you many hours of research in case of dispute .
Tracking Questions / Answers can also simplify your life on such exchanges, which often end up as a game of Ping – Pong with a poor Excel sheet in the role of the ball (when it is not a simple email exchange… ).
ProjeQtOr includes Product management and Product Versions. Each version can be connected to one or more projects . This allows you to link your activities to target version. This also allows to know, in the case of Bug Tracking, the version on which a problem is identified and the version on which it is (or will be) fixed.

Finally, ProjeQtOr offers integrated Document Management . Not replacing a business ECM, this tool is simple and efficient to manage your projects and / or products documents.


Commitments management

 

ProjeQtOr allows you to follow the requirements on your projects and measure at any time coverage progress, making it easy to reach your commitments.
In addition to the standard functionalities to manage your projects and monitor costs and delays, ProjeQtOr provides elements to monitor commitments on products.

Requirements management  helps in describing requirements explicitly and quantitatively monitor progress in building a product.
The definition of Test cases is used to describe how you will test that a given requirement is met.
Test sessions group test cases to be executed for a particular purpose.
By linking these three elements, you can obtain a requirements covering matrix, simply, efficiently and in real time.

 


Tools

 

ProjeQtOr includes some tools to generate alerts, automatically send emails on chosen events, import or export data in various formats.

ProjeQtOr includes an import feature for almost all elements of project management, from CSV or XLSX files.
All lists of items can be printed and exported to CSV and PDF format.
The details of each item can be printed or exported in PDF format.
The Gantt planning can be exported to MS-Project format (XML) .
Internal alerts can be generated automatically based on defined events.
These alerts can also be dispatched as emails.
It is also possible to manually send emails from the application, attaching the details of an item.
It is also possible to retrieve answers to this type of email to save the message in the notes of the relevant item.
ProjeQtOr provides administrative features to manage connections, send special alerts and manage background tasks treatments.
Moreover, the tool features its own CRON system, independent of the operating system and able to handle the PHP stop and restart.

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