Hi there, this post outlines the key changes scheduled for release in i-lign 7.5 and our timetable for this.
7.5 involves reasonably significant changes, much of which Adam has signalled in previous blog posts. Underlying this release is the work we’re doing to organise i-lign around five integrated applications: Home, Delivery, Value, Group and System. This release focuses on development of the Delivery and Value apps. It involves changes to the way you navigate around i-lign as well as changes to the functionality and usability of these two apps. There are significant changes to Programmes, Activities and Business Services, which have now been aligned much more closely to Projects in these two apps. We’ve also streamlined the way you manage people’s access to i-lign (security).
Because there are significant changes in this release, our plan is to give you a reasonable period of time to review the changes and provide us with feedback. Please contact us asap if you would like access to a preview instance so you can test drive the changes. We’re also holding a user group session on Wednesday 21 September at our new i-lign premises on 1 Blair St. It would be great to see you there. If you’re based outside Wellington, please get in contact so we can arrange a video conference session at a time which works for you.
We’ve made some changes to the layout of the top level navigation bar. Launch and Jump have moved to the right and we’ve added a home icon.
Navigation to Delivery and Value apps
When you log into i-lign it lands in the Home app. To navigate to the Delivery or Value app, first access the relevant content (eg Programme, Project, Concept) via Jump, the bookmark icon or My work. Once you’ve accessed the relevant content, you use the toggle to move between the Delivery and Value apps. When you select Programmes, Portfolios or Concepts, the default landing is the Value app. For Projects, Activities and Business Services the default landing is the Delivery app.
See the Attachments at the end of this post for notes on Overall navigation for i-lign 7.5.
What are the Delivery and Value apps?
The Delivery app is a tool for your project, programme and business service managers and their teams to manage day to day work. This is where you manage deliverables, schedules, tasks, financials, change requests, issues, risks etc.
The Value app is a tool for your business owners, managers, PMO team and stakeholders. It allows you to create and progress business cases (Concepts), to prioritise, plan and monitor delivery, and to assess benefits. It provides you a view of where value is being generated in the business and its cost. It tracks the status of initiatives so you can intervene when things don’t go to plan.
For projects, the key changes are:
- Some content has been moved into the value app (Overview and Value tabs).
- Some remaining content has been reorganised (Management tab has been replaced with two tabs: Summary and Registers).
Programmes, Activities and Business Services
The changes to these areas are more significant as they have been updated to align more closely with projects. Though the information may be presented differently, no functionality has been lost.
Business Service screenshot:
More information on the Delivery app
See the Attachments at the end of this post for notes on the Delivery app for i-lign 7.5.
The same five tabs are visible in the Value app for both Programmes and Projects. Below are screenshots of each of these tabs at Programme level.
More information on the Value app
See the Attachments at the end of this post for notes on the Value app for i-lign 7.5.
Managing i-lign access
As Adam has already blogged, there are significant changes to the way you manage the content individual users have access to. In i-lign you determine individual access by defining:
- Their security roles at the organisational level.
- Their access to specific initiatives at the initiative level.
Both of these processes have been simplified. See the Attachments at the end of this post for notes on Managing i-lign access in i-lign 7.5.
Other improvements / Bug fixes
See here for information about other improvements and bug fixes.
A bit about me
For those who don’t know me, I’ve recently joined i-lign as Business Development Manager. Although I’ve just joined the i-lign team, I’m not new to the software. I was previously an i-lign customer at New Zealand Post, where I was involved in implementing and embedding i-lign as part of the EPMO. If I haven’t met you already, I look forward to meeting you soon.