Portfolio Dashboard allows viewing and editing all the information about a specific portfolio.
Portfolio Dashboard Page Sections
Summary section is represented by a progress bar that shows the overall progress of the projects included in a specific portfolio. It also shows general information about the number of Projects by status, progress, and key dates.
If there are no start and/or finish dates for the Portfolio, you will see the Dotted line in the summary section. The logic of the dates displayed for the dotted line is the following:
- no start and finish dates - 1 month before today and 2 after.
- If there is only start date - 3 months after the start date
- If there is only finish date - 3 months before the finish date
You can easily show or hide any section using the Configure sections menu which is accessible via the … icon in the upper right corner of the page. It is also possible to rearrange their order (by click and drag).
You can also edit the name, add a description of each section by clicking on the pencil-like button next to it.
The sections can be expanded or hidden on the Portfolio Dashboard. This setting is also available if you open the section for editing and can be saved to the layout and applied to other Portfolios. For more details please refer to the 'How to create and save layouts' article.
By default, this page includes four sections: Statuses, Projects, Key Dates, and Details. Optionally the Budget, Strategic Alignment, Key Decisions sections can be added.
Statuses section summarizes the overall statuses of the current portfolio. This section is also editable via its Configure menu.
Click on ... icon in the right part of the page to open the drop-down menu and choose Configure to open the Configure statuses menu. This menu allows hiding the unused status types by unchecking the corresponding checkboxes or rearrange their order (by click and drag).
All the statuses for the newly created Portfolios are set to N/A by default.
To set the required value for each status, click on the status to open it for editing. The following values are available for each status: N/A, On Track, At Risk, Critical and Done. Select the one you need, populate the description, and click the Update status button to save the changes.
Status History is available for each status. As the status information changes, status history shows who made the changes and what changes were made exactly. You can navigate to the Info option to see the details as for the status changes.
Status History can be deleted if needed by users with Administrate app permissions. If the status history is deleted, it cannot be restored.
Projects section shows the list of all the projects currently included in the Portfolio and allows to manage them.
By default, the Timeline view is selected. In case of necessity, you can switch to the Table view in the right upper part of the project section.
Using the Configure Columns menu you can configure the appearance of the Projects section by adding or hiding columns or changing their position (just drag and drop).
To navigate to the Project Details page of the required Project, click on a project name on the list.
Use the Add projects button to add a project to the current portfolio.
Please note: One specific project can not be included in more than one portfolio.
Use the Create Project button to create a brand new project within the current portfolio.
Select the projects and use the Remove projects button to remove projects from the current portfolio.
Please note: This option is available from the Table view only.
Key Dates section displays key dates created in PPM Express.PPM Express allows to create 3 types of entities, which are:
- Key Date
Please note: Key dates statuses are calculated automatically and will be set according to the Key dates finish date, taking into account the current date:
- On Track – Finish Date is greater or equals Today;
- At Risk – The key date is late for less than 10 days (from Today);
- Critical – The key date is late for more than 10 days (from Today).
- Done - the Key date is marked as Complete.
Timeline and table views are available for Key dates. By default timeline view is displayed, but you can switch to the table view any time if needed.
Use the New key date button to create a key date. Use the Configure menu to configure the appearance of the Key date section by adding or hiding columns. It is also possible to rearrange their order (by click and drag).
On the key date creation panel select the key date type – a milestone, release, or key date. Enable Show on Timeline checkbox to display the created milestone on the main progress bar in the Summary section of the portfolio page.
It is also possible to enable Show on Timeline checkbox in the existing Key dates. For this purpose, select the Key date you would like to change information for, click Edit key date button.
The following statuses are available for key dates: N/A, On Track, At Risk, Critical, and Done.
To delete a key date, select the key date you would like to delete and click the Delete key date button.
Details section includes the most important details about the Portfolio: Portfolio name, Description, Portfolio status, start and finish dates, etc.
Using the Configure menu (… icon, drop-down menu, in the right part of the section title bar), you can show or hide the fields set by default or even add your own custom fields.
The budget section uses the Fluentpro Financials app allowing to edit Portfolio budget.
Viewing or editing budgets can only be done by the users, who have Manage budgets permission enabled in their account settings.
You can find more on creating and editing a budget in the Managing budgets help article.
If you would like to change the currency for PPM Express tenant, please refer to this article to find a step by step instruction.
Strategic Alignment section - shows all strategic priorities on the organization level that are added to the Strategic Priorities page. By default, the impact of the strategic priorities in this section is set to N/A.
Users who create and manage portfolios can decide how organizational priorities impact the specific portfolio by setting the Impact of each priority in the Strategic Alignment section.
As the impact is set for each priority in the Strategic Alignment section on the Portfolio Dashboard, the Alignment Score field in the Details section is populated with the value. This value takes into account the Importance of the strategic priorities set on the Strategic Priorities page and the Impact set by the portfolio manager in the Strategic Alignment section. The percentage in the Alignment Score field shows portfolio compliance with company strategic priorities.
The higher the number in the Alignment Score field, the more the portfolio is consistent with the priorities of the company.
If there are any changes in the priorities on the Strategic Priorities page (changes in the Importance of the strategic priorities, new priority added, the priorities are edited or deleted, the priority activated/deactivated), portfolio managers will see a message in the Strategic Alignment section as for the changes on the Strategic Priorities page.
If the portfolio manager clicks the Apply Changes button, the changes will be applied automatically and the Alignments Score field will be recalculated according to the changes applied.
Please note: Users who do not have permissions to edit the portfolios will not see the message as for the changes on the Strategic Priorities page.
Risks - this section displays risks for your Portfolio. Use the New risk button to open the Risk edit menu.
Configure Columns button is used to show or hide specific columns from the list or to add a custom field or rearrange their order (by click and drag).
Action Items - this section allows tracking activities related to the successful delivery of the portfolio. It allows to assign an owner, the date assigned, closed date, and status, so that action items are properly recorded and action is taken to address and complete them. Use the New action item button to open the edit menu. Configure Columns button is used to show or hide specific columns from the list or to add a custom field or rearrange their order (by click and drag).
Key Decisions - this section allows adding information for the key decisions, add people, date, description of the key decisions on the portfolio. Use the New key decision button to open the edit menu. Configure Columns button is used to show or hide specific columns from the list or to add a custom field or rearrange their order (by click and drag).
Please note: It is possible to assign several managers for the same Portfolio.
PPM Express Power BI Reports
PPM Express provides more than 50 accurate and comprehensive Power BI reports with a graphical representation of PPM Express data.
To enable External PPM Express Power BI Reports, please follow the steps described in 'External Power BI reports configuration' article.
PPM Express provides an ability to review PPM Express Power BI Reports for different Portfolio Dashboard sections. It is possible to open PPM Express Power BI Reports for the following sections Portfolio Dashboard includes: Statuses, Projects, Details.
Optionally the reports can be reviewed for the following sections if they are added: Budget.
You can access the reports via the … sign, from the drop-down menu, in the right upper corner of each section.
As you click on the report, it will be opened in a new window displaying the information for the selected report.