HATC’s DevProMM

What is DevProMM?

 It’s short for Development Project Management Method. It’s a set of layered flowcharts and associated templates of standard documents, guidance notes etc that sets out good-practice project delivery processes for Development, Regeneration schemes large and small. Visually attractive, it can act as an aide-memoire for the more experienced and detailed procedural instructions for newer staff who want to know they are doing the right thing.                                                                                                                                                                                          

DevProMM is simple and easy to use. The flow diagrams are really useful in providing an overview of each step while allowing you to ‘dip in’ to those parts of the process where you need more detail.        Diana Bernhardt, Project Manager, Brighton & Hove Seaside Community Homes.

Standard Document Templates

DevProMM has 36 standard document templates to help users  in their day-to-day activities of managing their projects successfully.

Have a look

You can see a sample of DevProMM here

 

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In the late 1990s we developed a Word-based comprehensive set of procedures for HAs. In the 2000s we  moved that to an HTML Help file to benefit from hyperlinks etc, publishing the Online Project Management Procedures (OPMP) for HAs. It was still entirely text-based.  We have now moved to a set of layered flowcharts, pop-up notes and text, connected to each other and to your standard forms and documents by hyperlinks.  Most people find this more visually attractive and user-friendly. The different layers provide more / less detailed explanation about tasks and topic areas, to reflect the different levels of experience of users.

 

Why A Wiki?

Wikis are communication tools. We chose to use a wiki as the home for our process maps / procedures for two reasons:HATC Wiki page

  • They are easy for clients to update themselves – editing OPMP (being a Help file) required the ability to write in HTML which Development & Regeneration teams generally don’t have.  The constant process of tweaking and improving the procedures was difficult…so it didn’t get done. Custom and practice would  evolve, but the OPMP requirements remained fixed. So the credibility of the procedures would erode over time, because it was hard to keep it as a live document, reflecting user’s day to day reality. Management control was therefore weakened, and inexperienced staff felt less supported. Using a Wiki means that its very easy for clients to edit and update, keeping the content current, with all the benefits that flow from that.
  • They encourage user interaction – there is a Comment boxes on each page, so users can leave suggestions about how the process could be improved. Incorporating users suggestions into periodic updates means the tool is seen to be relevant and useful, and more likely to be used.

 

Access it remotely

HATC’s Wiki-cedures are delivered through your web browser, and so can be used by staff when in the office or working remotely through your normal remote working arrangements. Navigating the procedures uses (amongst other things) the web browser’s forward & back buttons as well as hyperlinks, all of which is very familiar to users.

 

Tailor it; Skin it

The look and style is very flexible – the embedded flowchart program allows the symbols to be formatted to your preference, and the wiki itself can be skinned to provide a range of themes. The unskinned version features in the two screenshots above, whilst the standard HATC version looks a little different. All these changes can be done in-house through the rich-text editor and the flowchart program. Only basic word processing and shape-formatting experience needed, which most staff have.

 

Control It; Publicise Updates

There is a full permissions framework built into the wiki, so that the Administrator can say which users can submit comments (all users, typically), who can edit the content (only one or two people, usually) etc. In addition there is a “watch” facility so that users will be automatically notified by email when a change to a page or pages is made. No-one ever need worry that they didn’t know about the latest update to your process!

 

Have a look

You can see a sample of DevProMM by logging in as ‘enquiries’, with password ‘guest’, here.

 

Want to Know More?

For further details please email us and we’ll call you back for a no-obligation discussion and provide you with a login to our demonstration site .

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