Project workbench

The project workbench provides a central location for creating and managing projects.

The workbench supports the project management and application life cycle management applications, allowing for a hybrid approach to project management. Project managers can create projects that combine both waterfall and agile methodologies and add waterfall, agile, and test phases to these projects.

The project workbench makes it easy to manage projects by presenting project information in two panes. The top pane displays a timeline with the project phases and milestones; the bottom pane displays details for the phase selected in the timeline. The project workbench provides real-time interaction between the timeline, the list view, and the visual task board.

The project workbench also supports the following features:
  • Project templates: Project managers can quickly and easily create projects based on templates, which define the basic structure of a project.
  • Manual project calculation: The workbench adds the capability of creating projects that use manual calculation. Project managers can also create auto calculation projects from the Project Management application.
  • Composite fields: This new field type combines information from two fields in a table to form a single field.
With the project manager role, you can use the project workbench to:
  • Create new projects or manage existing projects.
  • Create and update project phases and milestones.
  • Assign a team to an agile phase.
  • Create and update project tasks, stories, and test cases.
  • Attach test plans to a test phase.
  • View and manage project details from a list view or visual task board.

The project workbench displays project information in two distinct areas. The top pane displays the project visualization, and the bottom pane displays phase details in a list view or visual task board. There is also a header above the workbench that includes several buttons and controls.

The project workbench scales to fit the available browser height. If necessary, scroll bars are added to display the workbench details.

Figure 1. Project Workbench