In project management, performance measurement is essential to assess the success of all project stages. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) play a vital role in this process, providing project managers with an overview of the progress, efficiency and impact of these stages. Project KPIs: how to achieve them? Before diving into measuring project performance using KPIs, it's essential to have a clear understanding of project expectations. These expectations serve as the foundation for determining all your project's objectives, expected results and success criteria. Many organizations set up their own KPI systems. But generally speaking, project teams ask themselves the same questions around these indicators: What is the status of the project today? Have we achieved our objectives? Have we delivered the expected deliverables? Are we on schedule? Are we on budget? Also read: Mastering deadlines for project management - the bluesoft-group.com Blue Soft Group (bluesoft-group.com) Expectations and objectives need to be defined at the outset to provide clear direction, and then KPIs need to be selected [...].
In project management, the PMO (Project Management Officer) occupies a central position. His role is crucial in transmitting tools and methods to his team. He is responsible for supporting and improving project management. A common base of best practices PMO methods and tools are based on a common base of best practices. They are now widely documented. Since the 1980s, they have been gradually implemented in a standardized way, based on British and American standards (PMBOK and PRINCE 2). Today, these best practices are increasingly well known in project management. Unfortunately, they are not always applied very well, and it is precisely the role of the PMO to apply and pass them on. They include major topics such as planning. The latter aims to define milestones and a timetable for completing the project, taking into account the human, material and financial resources required. In short, the ABCs of project management. Best practices also cover subjects such as risk management. In other words, anticipating what [...]
When creating a mobile application, user experience (also known as UX) plays a major role in the project's success. However, it can sometimes seem difficult to implement. To help you out, let's take a look at 3 best practices for improving your UX. For a fuller understanding of UX/UI, read our dedicated article. UX best practice 1: Use codes that users know In the "UX best practice" family, the first rule for optimizing or improving the user experience of your applications is to use codes that users already know. For example, people using websites have become accustomed to clicking on the logo in the top left-hand corner to return to the site's home page. This is a known code, and it's a good idea to reuse it in the creation of a digital solution. As our expert Sophie Garyga says: "In UX, you don't always have to reinvent the wheel. We'll also draw inspiration from what's already been done on applications that work, that have won over users, and we'll use certain codes such as buttons, shapes [...].
MOA MOE: what's the difference between project ownership and project management? MOA, MOE, maitrise d'ouvrage, maitrise d'œuvre, when you arrive at a company, you often hear these barbaric terms uttered in meetings. But do we really know what they mean, and where they come from? Guillaume Raoul, PMO at Blue Soft Consulting, has the answer. By the way, if the term PMO doesn't mean anything to you either, we invite you to have a look at our other articles on the subject. Project management and project management (and their acronyms) are basically derived from the building trades. It's much easier to understand them by applying them to this context. So, in concrete terms, what is MOA? Mind you, we're not talking here about AMOA, which is slightly different, and we'll see why at the end. MOA (maitrise d'ouvrage): The project owner (MOA) represents the customer or the person commissioning the work. It defines the needs, requirements and constraints of the project. They play a crucial role in drawing up the specifications required for the project. In the example of building a house, the MOA would be similar to the homeowner detailing his expectations for the ideal home: "I wish to [...].
User experience, often abbreviated to "UX", has become an essential element in the development of digital products. At the intersection of design, psychology and technology, the UX Designer profession has emerged in response to the need to create products that are not only functional, but also pleasant to use. A fast-growing activity UX activities are generating a lot of recruitment today. We're talking about a 30% increase in the number of UX experts employed by companies. They play an increasingly central role in the development of digital products, which has proven its importance for today's businesses. It encompasses a set of practices aimed at improving user satisfaction and ease of use when interacting with a product, be it a mobile app, website, software or even a connected physical product. You can also discover one of these practices thanks to this article: Designing an effective user interface in 4 steps (bluesoft-group.com) It's a profession that has become very popular. We've heard a lot about it in recent years. Most of the time, UX teams are recruited from agencies like ours: Le Renard Bleu. [...]
The size of the "toy": project, program, portfolio, a key distinguishing factor for the PMO The differences between project, program and portfolio management may seem confusing at first. However, on closer examination, the difference between these three categories of PMO becomes clearer. Simplistically, it's the size of the toy that sets them apart. A project PMO manages individual projects, a program PMO manages more complex objects, while a portfolio PMO handles a variety of projects, programs and activities sharing common resources. We're talking about the PMO as a person, not as a project office. In fact, if you'd like to know more about the 5 roles of the PMO, we invite you to have a look at our dedicated article The distinction between project program and portfolio Project management For the project PMO, this involves planning, executing and controlling the activities needed to achieve specific objectives within a defined timeframe. It focuses on the realization of individual projects, whether this involves creating a new product, launching a marketing campaign or building a [...].
Shaken up by new risk factors over the past two years (global warming, international geopolitics, cybersecurity), the insurance world must adapt to face new challenges in 2024. In this article, we take a look at the 5 main challenges identified by our expert team. 1- Integrating climatic and geopolitical risks into the insurance industry The climate, which has been strongly impacted by global warming and, in particular, by the recent scorching summers, is creating a whole host of new factors for the insurance industry to integrate: drought, hail and, more recently, storms are all risks that are multiplying. There are more climatic events than ever before, and their impact is greater than ever before. This raises a number of issues, not least the role of the Cat Nat (natural disasters) regime, which modifies pricing and coverage parameters for members. These risks are driving up the cost of managing weather-related claims, and there is every reason to believe that this state of affairs will only worsen in the years ahead. At the same time, the unstable international geopolitical situation (conflicts in Ukraine and Palestine) is impacting on European economies, and consequently [...].
Project Indigo is a collaborative program with the aim of giving the blue talents of Blue Soft teams the opportunity to get involved in projects that are close to their hearts. Created in 2021, Project Indigo is now celebrating its 2nd anniversary, an opportunity for us to take a look back at this ambitious project. Indigo, a project for associative donations The aim of Projet Indigo is to enable employees of the Blue Soft group to play an active role in the company's projects. This program benefits the associations proposed by the teams and which are in line with the group's values: commitment, cohesion and excellence. The first part of the Blue Soft program is a donation. It is financial and helps them with a specific project or for the purchase of equipment and recurring maintenance over the course of the year. Subsequently, the budget envelope is defined at the beginning of the year according to the number of associations proposed and with the participation of the company's CSE members. Communication support In addition to the donations made to the associations, Blue Soft is involved in the production of videos presenting the organizations. The aim [...]
We've already heard you say: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, it's been a few years since these concepts arrived on our screens, so why write an article on the subject? Because, as overused as they may seem in 2023, these terms remain vague for some of us. So it's with no judgment whatsoever that we take a look at the key concepts behind cloud computing. What is "Infrastructure As A Service" (IaaS)? cloud computing can be divided into three models: IaaS refers to the basic elements of IT that can be leased: physical or virtual servers, storage and networking. IaaS is for companies that want to create applications "from scratch" and control almost all the elements themselves. It requires companies to have the technical skills to orchestrate these services. Want to find out more? Download our white paper "27 points to understand the challenges of Cloud Computing" A study conducted by Oracle revealed that two-thirds of IaaS users said that using online infrastructure made it easier for them to innovate, enabled them to deploy new applications and new [...].
A good user interface in 4 steps. The UX methodology guides you through several essential steps to achieve your dream user interface. The Scoping and Research Phase You begin with a thorough scoping and research phase. This stage is crucial, as it allows you to immerse yourself in your customer's business. It helps you to develop a common language with users, creating the basis for meeting them and conducting the in-depth research needed to design a suitable user interface. During this phase, you can organize user interviews, focus groups, or even quantitative questionnaires when you have a substantial user base. The aim is to ask users about their needs and expectations of a new product. The solution definition phase After this research phase, we move on to the solution definition phase. This is where you define the functional structure of the solution, building the product skeleton with the main functionalities expected by users. The user interface design phase We then move on to the design phase, where we put [...]