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Introducing Stage Gates

Introducing stage gates

Add customisable gates between project grid stages to enable gated delivery and assurance.

In our latest feature release, we are very happy to introduce stage gates! You can now add gates between stages within your project grids. These gates can be populated with knowledge and tasks in the same way as your elements and assigned to a team member. During project delivery, you can capture a stage gate outcome-status – as based on the APM phase/stage review outcomes (covered in their project control guidelines).

Stage gates are only available on our Enterprise plan. If you would like upgrade your account, please contact us.

Stage gates overview

Creating Stage Gates

Team members with edit or manage access to a grid can add and edit stage gates. To add a stage gate, you simply toggle the grid into edit mode and click the plus button to the right of the stage to which you want to add a gate.

Add new stage gate

A stage gate will always indicate the stage with which it is associated at the top. In the example above and below, it is a stage gate attached to the Initiation stage (a stage gate between the Initiation and Delivery stages).

You can then add your own title for the stage gate below.

Edit stage gate name

You can now build your gate by adding content areas in exactly the same way as you add content areas to your elements. Stage gates support all element areas including tasks. Your stage gate can be built out as a gate report with tasks assigned to key team members, you have complete flexibility as to the content and structure of your gate content. We have provided an example stage gate template which you can use to get started.

Stage gate add content areas

Once you have built out your stage gate content, you can then save this as a template for use in future stage gates in the same way as you can save and use element templates. To save your stage gate as a template, simply click the more button, name your template and click the tick to save. All your stage gate templates are available to review and edit alongside your element templates, click the lightbulb button in the main side navigation to view, edit and manage them account wide.

In the same way as building and working with elements, you can create stage gates by either:

  • Starting with a blank stage gate and adding content areas to build it out
  • Starting from an existing stage gate template
  • Loading an existing stage gate and all its content

Stage gate templates

Once you have added stage gates to your grid, each time you clone that grid (for example if you are cloning a master methodology grid into a project instance grid), your stage gates and all their content will be cloned with your grid (in exactly the same way as your element content is cloned). Your project delivery grid is then ready to use complete with your methodological content, document templates and stage gate controls.

Assigning Stage Gates

You can assign your stage gates to the team member responsible for signing off such gates in your process. You can also set a due date for the stage gate so that team member knows the timeline for the sign off. Once gates are signed off this then forms an assurance record for your project i.e. the team member that signed off on the gate, any tasks completed as part of this process and the gate content itself can be used to create the stage gate report with review results, recommendations etc.

Assigning stage gates

Managing Stage Gates

Team members with view access to the grid can view and interact with stage gates in the same way that they can view and interact with elements i.e. they can view the content and complete tasks assigned to them and tasks that are unassigned.

Team members with edit or manage access to the grid can also edit the stage gate content, assign members, set due dates, set a sign off date and update the outcome.

Stage gates can be managed in a similar way to elements within your grid. Stage gates have the same shared features:

Tasks

Task areas can be used to add and manage any tasks associated with the gate. Tasks within stage gates have exactly the same features as tasks within elements e.g. you can comment on them, track their status and progress, add them to your calendar, assign them, add due dates, reminders etc.

Stage gate tasks

Comments

You can comment on stage gates in the same way as commenting on elements.

Stage gate comments

Information

Stage gates also include additional summary information, a shareable link and a full activity log so you can monitor all associated activity.

Stage gates information and activity log

Outcome

You can also monitor the progress of your stage gates by updating/reviewing the current outcome:

  • Pending
  • On hold
  • Conditional pass
  • Pass
  • Failed

A gate is only considered to be completed when it has the outcome of either conditional pass, pass or failed.

Stage gate outcomes

Completing Stage Gates

To complete a stage gate there must be:

  1. A team member assigned (the team member responsible for the gate sign off)
  2. A signed off date (when this gate was signed off)

The stage gate can then have its outcome set. The outcomes that set the stage gate as completed are:

  • Conditional pass
  • Pass
  • Failed

Stage gates in progress can be set to either:

  • Pending
  • On hold

Complete stage gates

The completed stage gate can then be retained and reviewed as part of your assurance process. The assurance record is retained with the content in your stage gate (your review report), tasks completed (plus their RAG status if set), the member that signed the gate off, the date it was signed off and its outcome.

Feedback

If you have any feedback on this feature, please get in touch on our community or by emailing help@methodgrid.com.

What’s next?

We will be releasing a number of new features over the coming months which integrate stage gates further into Method Grid. The first of these will be a dedicated stage gates dashboard in which you can review and evaluate the stage gates across all your project grids.

Stage gates dashboard design

We will also be updating the way element labelling rules work within Method Grid, you can review and feedback on upcoming features here …

New element display rule dropdown

You can review and feedback on upcoming features here …

 

 

 

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