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Red 7 Management Solutions PM Productivity Tools. There Must Be A Better Way Robert Grupe. Table of Contents. Scope of Presentation Discussion of Solution Options Product Examples PM Requirements Management PM Integrated Suites Selection Considerations Recommendations.

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red 7 management solutions pm productivity tools

Red7 Management SolutionsPM Productivity Tools

There Must Be A Better Way

Robert Grupe

 2009 Robert Grupe. All rights reserved.

table of contents
Table of Contents

Scope of Presentation

Discussion of

Solution Options

Product Examples

PM Requirements Management

PM Integrated Suites

Selection Considerations

Recommendations

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scope of this overview
Scope of This Overview

This is a discussion and overview of productivity tools for

commercial product management

NOT internal business process automation and improvement tools

(i.e. business & marketing vs business analyst)

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most common product management tools
Most Common Product Management Tools
  • Word Processor (MS-Word)
    • MRDs, PRDs, business cases, competitive matrices, etc
  • Spreadsheet (Excel)
    • Requirements tracking, Financial analysis, Charts, etc
  • Presentation Software (PowerPoint)
    • Roadmaps, Customer presentations, Training, etc
  • Web Conferencing Tools - WebEx, GoToMeeting
  • Requirements Management
    • Bugtrackers - Bugzilla, etc.
  • Screen Capture and Image Editing Tools
  • Collaboration Servers - Wikis/Portals
    • Collaborate on requirements and bugs with Engineering teams
    • Collaborate with customers
    • Online Office Suites - Google Docs
  • Survey Tools
    • Such as Surveymonkey and Surveygizmo

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this overview focus on pm tools
This Overview: Focus on PM Tools

Something PM’s can acquire independently

Without affecting current Engineering to improve their own productivity and provide better business intelligence

Provide PM specific functions

Not provided by Engineering requirements management solutions

However, integration with Engineering tools definitely a plus for traceability, dependencies, etc.,

Engineering requirements and project management

Other important systems such as CRM (sales and support)

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so not
So NOT…
  • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) Requirements Management tools
    • for requirements, test, change, configuration, build, and project management

Such as… (see Forrester report - free from IBM)

IBM Rational RequisitePro & DOORS

Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

Borland CaliberRM Compuware Optimal Trace

HP Quality Center MKS Integrity

Rally Enterprise Serena Dimensions RM

Jama Countour

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platform options 1 2
Platform Options 1/2

Corporate Server

A’s - Security control

D’s - in-house deploy and maintenance resources

Hosted Application Server

A’s

Hardware & OS maintenance outsourcing

Application configuration and maintenance outsourcing

Via solution vendor professional services

D’s

Reliance on 3rd parties for availability and SLA’s

Shared security control (but could also be an benefit)

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platform options 2 2
Platform Options 2/2

SaaS

A’s

Quick start-up, pay for what you need

D’s

3rd party security and business continuity risks

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saas hosted considerations
SaaS/Hosted Considerations

Service Availability & Support Responsiveness

Look for SLA guarantees and performance dashboards

Business Continuity & Data Portability

What happens if the vendor goes out of business or has a disaster?

How will you operate in times of service disruption?

IP Confidentiality

How are your data and archives being protected from malicious activities?

Some companies make misleading claims.

Look for 3rd party verification.

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saas security validations
SAS 70 audits

Type I

Whether or not the claimed security policies are documented internally

Type II

Have the claimed security policies been implemented during the specified time

Audit reports usually provided to customers on a requested basis only

AICPA SysTrust

Audit report available through seal on web site

3rd parties (e.g. McAfee tested)

Not standardized or independently validated

SaaS Security Validations

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security certifications buyer be ware
Security CertificationsBuyer Be Ware

Demand a copy of the audit report for any claimed security certification

Ensure that they are for your vendor, not just their hosting provider

Ensure that the date period is recent (not years ago)

Read the report to see what security is being claimed and verified

If you just receive the cover letter, ask for the full report

Pay attention to auditor’s comments

Actual performance against claims

SAS and AICPA SysTrust are no guarantees of security

CPA auditors, validating documentation and procedures

McAfee’s own web site vulnerable despite “McAfee Secure”

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outsourcing security caveats
Outsourcing Security Caveats

What level of security do you REALLY need and what is the real risk of not having it?

Data breach could expose company to legal regulatory issues Despite the best due diligence, no security is infallible

If a competitor got access to your future requirements what damage would that really cause your company?

Rather than conducting your own extensive security audit, how about accepting a reference customer’s endorsement?

Someone you assume would do the proper due diligence

Salesforce gained huge market share due to convenience without any security assurances

And yet many companies would consider their sales pipeline and contact details highly confidential

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pm solutions by category
PM Requirements Management

Accept Requirements (SaaS)

Accompa (SaaS)

IBM Focal Point (Server)

Nahito Pathfinder (SaaS)

Orcanos QPack (Server)

Requirements DB (Server)

Ryma FeaturePlan (SaaS)

Suggestions Capture

Accompa

Accept Idea

Ryma IdeaScope

Portfolio Analysis

Accept Portfolio

IBM Focal Point

Ryma FeaturePlan

PM Solutions by Category

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pm requirements management solutions

PM Requirements Management Solutions

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orcanos qpack
Orcanos QPack
  • Company
    • Israeli, founded in 2004
  • Customers
    • Alvarian, Quategra, Flash Networks, Incredimail
  • Pricing
    • Unknown
  • Customer Service
    • Unresponsive to requests for information
  • Product
    • Simple, easy-to-use
    • Basic requirements management database application with Blackblot document templates
    • Windows server based with Windows only client

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accompa
Accompa
  • Company
    • Headquarters in US, development in India & US
    • Private: no details about ownership or management
  • Customers
    • 100+:HP, Xythos, Primavera, etc
  • Pricing
    • $25/month/user for first 10 licenses ($300/yr/usr)
    • $19/user/month ($228/yr) after the first 10 users
  • Customer Service
    • Best for timeliness and completeness of responses to requests for information
    • Email and web support only
  • Product
    • Requirements management, suggestion capture, and project ROI comparisons (user defined)
    • SaaS: ready to go with minimal configuration

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nihito pathfinder
Nihito Pathfinder
  • Company
    • Founded in 2006
    • No other info on web
  • Customers
    • Unspecified
  • Pricing
    • Unknown
  • Customer Service
    • Unresponsive to requests for information
    • Web & email only
  • Product
    • Simple requirements databases and document repository. Reports in tabular format.
    • Nothing you couldn’t do with your own templates, spreadsheets, and intranet wiki/portal or even shared network drives.

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requirements management database reqdb
Requirements Management Database (ReqDB)
  • Company
    • White Plains, NY
  • Customers
    • Unspecified
  • Pricing
    • $395/usr
  • Customer Service
    • Email/Web only
  • Product
    • Basic requirements management
    • MS-Access application with Web UI

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build your own
Build Your Own

Suggestions: CRM Portal (Salesforce)

Salesforce - customer portal Case type “Feature Request” and escalated defects

Requirements Management: Wiki/Portal

Microsoft SharePoint Services 3.0 Downloadable Application Templates

Product and Marketing Requirements Planning

Document templates (not integrated)

From Blackblot Procedural Requirements Management Model

Marketing Intelligence Portal

Customer suggestions

Requirements Database with discussions

Change Management

Bug Tracking

MS Project integration

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integrated pm suites

Integrated PM Suites

Requirements and Portfolio Management +

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ibm telelogic focal point
IBM Telelogic Focal Point
  • Company
    • Telelogic acquired by IBM in 2008
  • Customers
    • Boeing, Ford, Toyota, Sony Ericsson, Sharp, Symbian, etc.
  • Pricing
    • Software (plus annual maintenance 20%)
      • Full User $1,750 /user
      • Contributor $950/user
      • 5 - Stakeholders $1,750
    • Hosted (includes maintenance)
      • Full User $819 / user
      • Contributor $445/ license
      • 5 - Stakeholders $819
  • Customer Service
    • Unresponsive to requests for information
      • Probably because of IBM focus on larger customers

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ibm focal point impressions
IBM Focal Point Impressions
  • A’s
    • Open source & *nix platform
    • Interactive analytics for executive what-if’s
      • On-screen dragging of elements
    • Integration with DOORS and Rational IDE
  • D’s
    • IBM not very responsive to SMBs?
    • Requires configuration and integration
    • Document templates require professional services
    • Was a great product, but maybe has lost its way due to IBM acquisition?

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ryma feature plan
Ryma Feature Plan
  • Company
    • Quebec Canada, founded in 2000
      • VC round B Aug 2008
    • Based on and co-marketed with Pragmatic Marketing
  • Customers
    • Reuters, Trend Micro, Proofpoint, Autodesk, etc.
  • Pricing
    • Unspecified: integrated with consulting services, integration, and customization
  • Customer Service
    • Unresponsive to requests for information

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ryma featureplan impressions
Ryma FeaturePlanImpressions
  • A’s
    • Integration with Rally IDE
    • Suitable for large PM environments
    • Go-to-market functionality
  • D’s
    • Complex to deploy and integrate

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accept
Accept
  • Company
    • Fremont CA
    • Partner with 280 Group consulting
    • Largest number of product award recognitions
  • Customers
    • 150+: BAE, Intuit, Tumbleweed, VMWare, Utimaco
  • Pricing
    • Access Ideas $1,200/yr for 1,000 active suggestions
    • Requirements & Portfolio
      • Primary admin $3,000
      • PM $1,200-$1,800
      • Dev $1,000-$1,200
  • Customer Service
    • Responsive and helpful

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accept impressions
Accept Impressions
  • A’s
    • Independent of any particular PM process framework
    • Most number of product awards
  • D’s
    • SaaS only solution

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other tools

Other Tools

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business resource software
Business Resource Software

Wizard interview and analysis, recommendations, spreadsheet graphing, samples, financial statements, export to Word & PPT, etc.$230 each or packaged discounts.

  • Business Plan: Plan Write
    • When Budget dollars are tight a solid business plan is essential. Plan Write Expert Edition will guide you through the entire process of documenting your business plan.
  • Pricing Strategy: Plan Write for Pricing
    • Will help you determine the optimal price with a strategic pricing plan designed to maximize profits or capture market share.
  • Marketing Strategy: Business Insight
    • will help you develop the best marketing strategy based on proven business models, including Michael Porter's Five Forces. Your product management efforts will benefit from a structured strategic planning process.
  • Marketing Plan: Plan Write for Hi-Tech Marketing
    • Will help you plan and implement your marketing strategy. The result is a professional marketing plan that will provide you guidance and the ability to measure your product management success.

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requirements management integration considerations
Requirements Management Integration Considerations
  • Test Cases
    • How your requirements will be verified
  • Use Cases
    • Storyboarding
    • Graphical UI’s with collaboration
    • Mock-up UI’s
  • Change Management
    • Requirements Traceability
  • Effort and cost estimates
  • Glossary
  • Agile/Iterative Release management

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recommendations

Recommendations

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roi of pm tools
ROI of PM Tools

Accompa Customer Survey (n=23)

28% PM time on requirements

$106k average PM burdened annual cost

16% average time saved with Accompa

$4749 savings per PM

$278 average Accompa cost per PM

ROI = 17x + other benefits

Jama Requirements Management (team of 10)

$25,023 Improved team efficiency

$50,446 Avoiding lost requirements

$135,122 Avoiding unnecessary work

$99,390 Reducing requirements defects

$309,981 Annual cost savings --> Cost/Benefit 4:1

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tool selection criteria
Tool Selection Criteria

Define your PM framework first and identify analytical needs.

What existing or future IDE’s would this need to integrate with?

What are the IT security concern barriers?

Can you outsource (SaaS)?

How much money and influence does your PM team have to get the tools you want?

If you have little, then you need to go with simpler tools that will be the least disruptive on current operations.

Successful products are more than just features.

It is about execution: design implementation, quality, delivery, customer satisfaction, reputation, etc.

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cmmi capability maturity
CMMI (Capability Maturity)

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pm solutions for cmmi levels
PM Solutions for CMMI Levels

PM Org Complexity

Implementation Complexity

  • FeaturePlan
  • Focal Point
  • SharePoint
  • Accept
  • Accompa
  • Pathfinder
  • ReqDB
  • QPack
  • IdeaScope

Level 1: Ad Hoc

Level 2: Managed

Level 3+: Defined

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pm solutions recommendations
PM Solutions Recommendations

CMMI Level 1

Build Your Own(Hosted SharePoint, $20/mth for 50 users)

Wiki/Portal - centralized repository and discussions

Extend Defect tracking system for PM requirements

Use CRM portal for customer suggestions

CMMI Level 2

Accompa

CMMI Level 3 (executive involved what-ifs)

Accept

FeaturePlan (Pragmatic Mkg loyal / Rally IDE shop)

Focal Point (IBM IDE shop)

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Full presentation and vendor feature comparison matrix available

Robert Grupe, CSSLP CISSP PE

robert.grupe@red7managementsolutions.com

+1.314.266.7321

http://www.red7managementsolutions.com

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