Waypoint®

The Knowledgebase System for Projects

Before setting out on a long journey, smart travelers would work out how they would reach their objective by breaking down the journey into a series of waypoints. During the voyage the traveler would frequently check his progress against these waypoints. As he reached one waypoint he would then begin the next phase of his journey by charting his course towards the next waypoint, until he reached his final objective.

 

More and more organisations have discovered the benefits of managing work as projects using the accepted disciplines of project management methodologies.  However, most organisations have found, to their concern, that once they start down this track they quickly generate hundreds of projects, each one clamouring for top priority, allocation of skilled but scarce resources, and soaking up ever more of the organisation’s budget.  In addition, projects “collide” with each other because people are unaware of the full project dependency chain.  Managing all of this can get time consuming and problematic – especially when you add to this the management problem of keeping track of how much money has been spent on which business objective and/or business unit and/or functional area of the organisation.  In addition, if the organisation is managing projects on behalf of external clients then another level of reporting and record keeping is required.

Project management software is available, but it is typically designed to manage projects at the task level with enterprise-level projects oversight being somewhat of an afterthought generated through some form of semi-automated (or often manual) amalgamation of identified projects.  Waypoint® was designed and written from the enterprise management viewpoint.  Rather than work from the bottom up – Waypoint® provides full top-down analysis and reporting across all projects in the project database allowing management to analyse actual and estimated expenditure, resource usage and workload across a multitude of aspects and over as many levels as the organisation requires. 

Waypoint® provides a “supersystem” for the management of all projects via a central information repository accessible to everyone concerned with any project – no matter where they are.  Waypoint®, through its table-based design allows for extensive user configuration so that organisations can manage, analyse and report upon their projects in the manner which is most useful to them.  With its unique project relationship functionality Waypoint® allows organisation to understand the full project dependency chain of projects within the project database – thus minimising project “collision”.  Further, Waypoint® allows projects to be linked to business goals and objectives – thus assisting with one of the most persistent of management issues – the linking of expenditure and effort to business goals.

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