Ad hoc planning and operational management. The module of the visualization of the ClearQuest tasks hierarchy as Gantt diagram
The module is made in the form of Plug-in for IBM Rational ClearQuest 7.0 and upper. This module is intended for every person who uses IBM Rational ClearQuest and is short of project management capabilities. The module does not substitute for existing project management tools but adds the operational sections into IBM Rational. For the most experienced users the functions of this module will be absolutely enough for ad hoc planning and operational management of their projects. The module has no analogues in the world!
CM-Consult GanttChart is featured in the IBM Global Solutions Directory
Benefits for project managers and administrators:
Analyzing the project status in real time scale.
Agile correcting the project plan.
Saving project manager’s time for the replanning of request groups (change requests and extension requests). Especially within service oriented approach when a great number of requests every day require a special attention.
Effectively distributing the resources.
Transferring requests from one state to another on-the-fly.
Shifting the groups of tasks and requests (change planned dates) in drag-and-drop mode.
Benefits for project members:
To see their own workload on the whole pool of requests at once (tasks, defects, requests etc).
To work with task plan comfortable and as usual.
This solution was developed as a result of an effort of both our specialists and our clients. The idea to create such solution has emerged as a result of close cooperation with our customers and deep understanding of their business problems. In most companies we have cooperated with the planning horizon for tasks and works is measured in months and quarters, but not years. Project managers have often to modify work schedule, update it, establish priorities, and set responsible persons. ClearQuest is a powerful tool that simplifies this process, but it has its limits. In ClearQuest, planning and representation of tasks is performed in flat view, but all managers are used to using the Gantt chart for planning. Unfortunately, the standard ClearQuest package does not provide users with such opportunity. GanttChart for ClearQuest allows managers to save a lot of time while preparing plans of work/tasks and exercising operational control over the project. In absolute terms, a manager spends about 12-16 minutes on rescheduling the average group of connected tasks without using GanttChart. Using GanttChart for ClearQuest, the same operation takes 10-15 seconds. So, using GanttChart for ClearQuest results in increasing the manager’s efficiency and manageability of the whole project. We are greatly pleased to have gained recognition of our contribution from IBM Corporation
CEO, CM-Consult, IBM Rational ClearQuest certify specialist.
CM-Consult’s GanttChart is a product that was wanted by many project managers using IBM Rational ClearQuest. It allows executing almost every PM’s task within IBM Rational ClearQuest in a new and agile way.
Former Rational sales specialist, IBM (2005-2007).
With GanttChart module my team achieved possibility to plan tasks for change requests resolving right after acceptance, in the same tool, without any intermediate steps. I recommend this tool as a rapid-planning extension to all teams, which use ClearQuest.
Lead analyst, SCM Specialist, TatNeft (Oil company).
This is a usefull and successful solution allowing to simplify a life to ClearQuest users who got used to work with Gantt charts. Visualisation of hierarchy and relationships of change requests of different types allows to accelerate the analysis of a current tasks' status and to make a decision faster.
Rational Technical Specialist, IBM EE/A, SWG Department.
The major advantage of the GanttChart tool is the ability to graphically represent states of activities. When you have a large number of activities it is difficult to visually represent and estimate them using the grid view only. In such case, a chart is very useful.
Another advantage is the possibility to modify dates of activities in graphic view (i.e. in a chart itself) that simplifies data updating in ClearQuest.
Jesuino Jose de Freitas Neto,
IT Executive Manager, Banco do Nordeste do Brazil, Federal Bank of Brazil
Displaying a calendar grid and a plan in a separate view of the ClearQuest client for Eclipse
Displaying a hierarchy and relationships between change requests in form of summary tasks and an execution sequence
Displaying a completion rate (in percent) of every change request
Displaying an owner of every change request on a Gantt chart
Displaying planned shifts when editing a plan
Displaying shifts between actual and planned dates
Displaying brief information about a task in form of tooltips
Displaying an UML state diagram for every task (upon a command from the right-click menu)
Displaying change requests on basis of executed queries. Allows displaying a plan of any ClearQuest change request execution on basis of an existing query. For example, for executing the "A" Change Request or Defect a plan is generated; also plans on basis of change request "B" and "C" are generated. Pool of tasks for change request execution is generated.
Project manager can generate a query that displays controllable change requests. In this case, the module will display a list of active tasks for the aggregate of change requests, providing a complete plan with all the owners.
This functionality allows managers to both control a composition of tasks and compare a list of tasks with a list of Change Requests or Defects
Visualization of change requests using different colour schemes depending on a completion rate and ratio of planned to actual dates. Color coding allows differentiating tasks by statuses, for example: green – the task has been completed; yellow – the task is in progress; red – the task has not been not started and the planned start date is past due; crimson – the task is in progress but the planned finish date is past due; blue – the task has been planned; grey – new unplanned task
For composite change requests, splitting a Gantt chart into sections eases the analysis of tasks by a separate request in the plan
Displaying upon double-click a fully functional ClearQuest form where you can modify a state of a change request or edit a change request
Displaying a workload of an owner (or owners) on the basis of a selected chart or in aggregate by projects (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Custom displaying of fields in a chart (ID, Record Type, Headline and any other custom fields) (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Visualization of change history for a selected change request (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Available Operations for Change Requests:
Modifying planned start and finish dates from within a Gantt chart
Dragging tasks within the calendar grid on a Gantt chart
Modifying task owners from within a Gantt chart considering possible owners for a selected change request
Selecting groups of tasks and performing aggregate modifications of planned dates (prolongation, changing execution dates)
Selecting related tasks and performing aggregate modifications of planned dates
Modifying planned dates for child tasks owing to shifting of an summary task within a Gantt chart
Assigning owners for change requests from within a Gantt chart
Ability to cancel the last operation (Undo functionality)
Preview mode (developing a plan without saving changes to the ClearQuest database) allows saving drafts of a plan (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Creating new change requests from within a Gantt chart (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Creating links between an execution sequence and a change request hierarchy from within a Gantt chart (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Navigating to the beginning of a plan to the first task
Navigating to the end of a plan to the last task
Navigating to the current date in a plan
Selecting any date in a calendar plan and highlighting the aggregate of tasks to be executed on this date (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Flexible configuration of functions
Export and import configuration for replication
Access restriction to configuration for general users
Automatic building of a Gantt chart on the basis of selected queries
Printing a plan to a printer
Export and import a plan to MS Project format
Export and import a plan to MS Excel format (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Specifying a working calendar for a project (the feature will be available in v. 1.3)
Support of ALM schema
Support of any custom ClearQuest schema in case this schema’s change requests contain fields necessary for planning
Multiplatform (executable on all platforms that support IBM Rational ClearQuest Client for Eclipse)