Exciting 2016 Shibumi Updates

Posted on January 9, 2017 by Mark DiGirolamo


Thank you very much for making 2016 one of Shibumi’s best (and busiest) years yet!

Our company has grown significantly to serve you better and our application has matured with clients all over the world relying on Shibumi to execute their transformative programs. These clients have provided fantastic, from-the-trenches feedback – much of which has resulted in enhancements that we’ve already incorporated and introduced via product releases throughout the year.

As you have likely noticed, we focused much of our time on enhancing customization and visualization options to ensure Shibumi matches the style and method that teams are accustomed to when reporting their critical data. These include formatting the header bars on your lists and views, viewing your tabular data in chart format, representing organizational charts from your team’s Salesforce data, and more!

Another key enhancement was the ability to show History. You no longer need to annotate multi-line text fields with author initials and dates to reflect the history of changes within a field. Instead, you can now include a History view showing an audit of your Shibumi content.

We continue to work on enhancements and functionality to let teams better capture and communicate critical program data. One of the most transformational capabilities we introduced this year, was Presentations. With Presentations, you’ll be able to take back the hours you spend aggregating data then tediously copying and pasting content into PowerPoint each time you produce a status report. Once you’ve set up a presentation in Shibumi, the slides stay current with your solution content, ensuring that your information is always accurate and up to date. You can lock the content at any time and publish the presentation – which produces a downloadable PDF that can be shared outside of Shibumi.

As you navigate through Shibumi, you’ll discover many subtle changes and improvements to the product and we’d love to tell you about them all!

We invite you to attend a webinar highlighting the key 2016 Shibumi product releases. Join us to hear how you can take advantage of the new capabilities and learn a few tips, tricks and shortcuts to enhance the value you’re getting from your Shibumi solutions. Click on the link here to register and to add the event to your calendar.

Whether you join the webinar or not, keep the feedback coming! We love hearing from you and are eager to continue improving the product in order to enhance the benefit you’re getting from Shibumi in 2017!

- Shibumi

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Enterprise Program & Portfolio Management (EPPM)

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Mark DiGirolamo


As many companies attempt to accelerate growth programs, seize market opportunities or re-organize to align to new strategies, they’ve been hindered by the inherent limitations of PPM solutions. These challenges have resulted in the recent emergence of the Enterprise Program & Portfolio Management (EPPM) market space. EPPM goes beyond the PPM tracking of budget to burn and cost allocation; it attempts to connect business benefit realization to the programs a company executes. While EPPM does share many of the capabilities that IT PPM software exhibits, EPPM is focused more broadly across the enterprise rather than focusing success on the completion of an isolated or small group of related IT projects.

Because EPPM solutions facilitate effective strategy execution and business transformation, the software is often used by enterprise program management offices or business transformation offices.

Many companies are facing challenges when executing effective EPPM strategy, with some not even recognizing its availability and trying to stretch inadequate PPM tools to support their strategy execution. The challenges include:

  • Establishing alignment of multiple teams and executives. While objectives are often communicated through the hierarchy of organizations, horizontal silos optimize according to their own understanding, resulting in misalignment.
  • Providing agility and adaptability of strategy. Simply planning a strategy is insufficient. Strategy must be flexible to withstand setbacks and to support revised priorities.
  • Reaching consistent “understanding”. The simple objective of “communication” is insufficient when it comes to EPPM strategy execution. The true goal should be to ensure that “understanding” is achieved. According to a March 2015 article in the Harvard Business Review, less than one third of senior management report that they fully understand how their organization’s top priorities align with their strategy.
  • Assigning credit where it is due. Recognizing the people who enable successful business transformation is critical to gaining team commitment to results.
  • Enabling executive input on day-to-day details. While escalating every decision to top management is inefficient, key day-to-day decisions require executive input to successfully achieve change.
  • Establishing cross functional agreement. The need for cross team communication and agreement is critical to strategic decision making but this can be difficult when disparate organizations are unaware of who is sufficiently connected to facilitate the agreement.

Shibumi provides a customizable EPPM solution that helps you successfully navigate through these challenges. With Shibumi, you can generate a clear dashboard of business metrics that all members of an organization can access. This comprehensive dashboard aligns projects and portfolios, creating discipline around how connected parts come together. The ability to track these business metrics in a collaborative environment enables long term, strategic initiatives and goals to be monitored and executed more effectively.

For more information about Shibumi, please contact info@shibumi.com.


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