Learn how to prepare your Meisterplan system so that you save time during import.
- Best Practice: Start Small, Extend Later
- Step 1: Delete Sample Data
- Step 2: Configuration Before First Import
Best Practice: Start Fast, Extend Later
Before you start configuring, we recommend that you decide which information you really need to start making plans. Focusing on what really matters will help you get fast results, and you can always extend your configuration later.
In Step 2, we'll share best practices that help our customers configure their system to start fast.
Step 1: Delete Sample Data
If you prefer a clean slate before importing your own data, you can delete the sample projects and resources that are included in Meisterplan trial systems. If not, you can always delete them later.
To learn how to delete the sample data with one click, see the Import: Deleting the Sample Data article.
Step 2: Configuration Before First Import
Configuring the following elements saves you time during import. They're all preconfigured to help you get started quickly, but feel free to edit or delete the preconfigured elements and add your own:
Project fields define which additional details you can manage in Meisterplan for each project, such as "Stage Gate" or "Risk Level". Configuring this ahead of time will allow you to import these details when importing projects.
Best Practice for Fast Results
Fields that are essential to making high-level portfolio decisions are already preconfigured in your system. Before you add more fields, think about whether they are really needed. Also, if some information is only used by departments that won't use Meisterplan for now, you can start without it.
To start configuring project fields, click Manage in the left-hand Sidebar, and select Project Fields. Learn more in the Manage Project Fields article.
Define the typical phases your projects pass through, for example, “Planning“. This allows you to specify the relevant project phase when importing milestones.
Start by clicking Manage in the left-hand Sidebar and then selecting General Settings. Learn more in the Manage General Settings article.
In Meisterplan, you can assign job roles such as "Project Manager" or "Senior Developer" to people to help you find the right person for each project. Configuring roles before import allows you to specify each person's role when importing resources.
If you're planning on importing from a spreadsheet, you can simply add roles using the Quick Import instead of adding them manually in the Meisterplan UI. If you import from other sources, configure roles in Meisterplan first.
When looking for the right people for a project, you might think "who's an expert in Agile Project Management" or "which of the Senior Developers are Java experts"?
In Meisterplan, you can assign skills to people and then filter your list of employees by skill. Configuring skills before importing resources allows you to specify each resource's skills during import instead of having to assign them later manually.
To get started, click Resource Pool in the right corner of the black Header bar at the top of your screen. Then, on the left side of the small window, select Skills. Learn more in the Using Skills to Find the Right People article.
Skills are completely optional - if you're company doesn't maintain skills per employee or doesn't allow the practice, you can skip this step. Also, you can start fast by only configuring skills for those resources where filtering by skill would really help.
Organizational Units (OBS)
Configuring your company’s organizational structure helps you slice and dice your portfolio data, for example by department or office location. Configuring this ahead of time allows you to specify an organizational unit for each project or resource you import.
Start by clicking Resource Pool in the top right of your window and selecting Organization (OBS) on the left side of the small window. Learn more in the Managing OBS Units article.
Our customers often start with a subset of their business. For now, only set up the departments and other units that you'll really plan for in Meisterplan. Also, if you use the Quick Import to import projects and resources, you only need to configure top-level units (e.g., "Department"). Sub-units (e.g., "Sales") can be added during import.
Configure your organization’s business goals, for example, “Increase Revenue“. Again, this allows you to specify which goal each project is connected to when importing projects.
Start by clicking Goals in the left-hand Sidebar. Learn more about configuring Business Goals in the Goals View article.