We sat down with the Senior Project Manager of Control Devices, LLC, a manufacturing engineering company. Managing over 32 projects across large teams was no easy task without a project and portfolio management (PPM) tool in place. He shared what it was like managing their projects before Project Insight, their journey of choosing PI® and now their success.
What pains or problems were you facing that led you to look for a project management solution?
"We were struggling with managing our projects in Excel. When we were a small company, we managed, but as our company grew, it became too much [to manage]."
Multi-tasking between his engineering duties and now officially the senior project manager, one of his first tasks was to make the Excel process "more effective."
What was the business impact of this?
There were ongoing challenges with this process.
- Lack of project visibility
- Scattered project data
- Overworked resources
- Endless manual work
At this point, the Senior Project Manager started doing research knowing there was a better way to track and manage projects. Initially, he found several collaborative tools, but nothing that really matched their criteria.
Then he came across MS Project, only to find that it was a great tool, however, it was more of a data management tool and way too complex for the average user. They were looking for a team solution. A collaborative project management solution that was user friendly and easy to adopt.
Did you have leadership buy in?
"Yes, they pretty much gave me the free-reign to do the research and bring forward a proposal. This freedom made my job a lot easier."