Monolithic Power Systems makes hundreds of products used in backlighting, automotive, battery chargers, power drivers, motor drivers, switching power supply regulators and more.
- Lacked company transparency across project groups and across continents
- Lacked effective system for notifying project manager of schedule updates and changes
- Lacked effective workflow to approve project documents in a timely manner
At any one time there are dozens of new products being introduced. Each passes through several stages: marketing, engineering, prototyping, outsourcing and production. Actual testing is done in-house and by customers. It's a complex operation, and all of it was tracked using spreadsheets. These were transferred and placed in many different hands in multiple locations across the U.S. and Asia for updates and approvals. There was no standardized workflow process or centralized document repository. "As the company grew and the number of projects going through the process increased, it became increasingly more difficult to track their real-time status," states MPS Project Management Administrator. "We needed more effective project management to alert team members about updates to the project schedules and to improve workflow through the approval process. Equally important, we needed transparency throughout the company so each project group knew what other groups were doing."