Phoenix CPM Scheduling Software

Used on more than 1000 projects in the construction industry, Phoenix Project Planner uses a proprietary project plan synthesis technology to generate accurate estimates of development cycle time and staffing requirements. Calculations are based on:

  • the complexity of the chip
  • the expected productivity of the development team
  • the project's staffing strategy and time-to-market constraints

At the heart of Phoenix Project Planner is an empirical model that calculates the design complexity, or difficulty, of the chip development from the technical characteristics of the final product. This complexity metric represents the industry standard effort required for the project by an average team. The complexity model is calibrated using a large database of benchmarked projects from across the industry.

In order to predict the effort and time for a specific organization’s team to execute the project, Phoenix Project Planner extracts their development trend from a company database of completed projects that have been benchmarked. This baseline is also used to determine initial targets for resources, based on how the organization has staffed and executed on prior projects. Industry data for similar projects can also be used to ensure plans are competitive.

The target plans generated by the Synthesis engine provide the staffing profile over the duration of the project, the distribution of roles required and the target milestone dates for each phase of the project. Target plans can also be constrained to reflect time-to-market objectives or resource limitations in each phase. Any number of “what-if” scenarios may be simulated to assess tradeoffs between staffing level, project cycle time and product functionality. Optimizing the plan, early in the concept phase, is critical to both maximizing R&D productivity and achieving the market objectives for the project being delivered.

In addition to generating early “top-down” project plans, Phoenix Project Planner can perform risk analysis on “bottom-up” plans generated from detailed task breakdowns or other planning methods. This analysis generates a risk report that compares the implied metrics of the manager’s plan to the performance trends of the organization and to industry peers developing similar projects. It covers standard key performance indicators, such as project effort, duration, team size, development productivity and throughput, and can be extended to assess phase level comparisons, number of resources, reuse leverage and many other dimensions of development.

Phoenix Project Planner has a number of features to support both early planning and continuous refinement of plans as a project progresses. The Quick Start option allows a high-level description of the resource characteristics to be entered when detailed information about the project is not available. Then, as more specification information becomes known, the complexity inputs can be incrementally refined to improve the complexity estimate and see if plan adjustments are necessary. Quick Start can also be used to perform rapid generation of request-for-quote (RFQ) responses to provide end customers with estimates of development schedule and non-recurring engineering (NRE) cost in a fast and reliable manner.

Other Phoenix Project Planner features allow plan refinements to be made to account for the effects of things like new technologies and multi-site development. And once the project is in progress, plan updating features allow the plan to be re-evaluated based on the actual staffing levels to date, actual milestone dates achieved and product requirement changes, to ensure the project remains on track.

Phoenix Project Planner provides an analytical platform tailored to the needs of R&D managers to make fact-based decisions on product tradeoffs and well-calibrated estimates of team productivity to produce high confidence project plans. Plans can also be imported into Multi-Project Planner to aggregate an organization’s portfolio to assess total resource demands and make staffing tradeoffs. Plan data is also available for Decision Dashboard for portfolio tracking and in-depth analysis.


Related Practices

Managing strategy and stakeholders includes ensuring continuous alignment of the project with the business strategy and value objectives, detailed analysis of stakeholder positions, vendor management, and proactive risk identification and mitigation.

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