Symytry consists of several components:
1. Front end user interfaces in the form of mind maps.
2. Back end that mirrors the front end maps but with a different view and a different purpose. Specifically, it not only maintains the documentation, document archives and applies a relational context so that associations can be made and occurrences can be searched, but it is also a full blown contextual knowledge / process mapping tool in own right!
3. Collaboration tools. Two different collaboration tools are used; a proprietary one and SharePoint 2010.
4. A sizeable collection of templates, forms and tools.
5. Symytry comes bundled based on industry type:
Symytry for IT Consulting Firms
Symytry for SAP Consulting Practice
Symytry for Generic Project Management
Project Methodology Process Visualization Workbench for Product Design Firms
It's a new approach to managing & dealing with projects and project management!
Our project methodology enables you to be able to "orchestrate" project related events in a more synchronized and collaborative manner by using a combination of tools. Let's take SAP, for example. Our tool box provides a means where you can push the standard ASAP methods in directions it could not go previously.
Accelerated SAP (ASAP) is a waterfall approach to implementing SAP. If you're experienced using this method, you can make some of the tasks and activities more abbreviated. Thus, being more proactive and preemptive in the way certain tasks and activities are sequenced.
On the other hand, if you're new to ASAP, you may desire a more cautious approach to your project and therefore keep it as sequential as possible, adhering strictly to the work breakdown structure with little to no deviation from SAP's roadmap.
We call it Symytry for SAP Consultants. Here's the tool set along with a few of the highlights, in no particular order:
1. It's much more visual
2. Includes more animation
3. Has built-in collaboration tools
4. Optionally, uses pyramids, cones or cylinders to store and manage project and archival documentation in a relational way
5. Provides fly through / fly around capabilities
6. Streamlines the project plan by making it easier to make changes to tasks and activities, while keeping MS Project procedures intact
7. Includes all the project templates from ASAP with some slightly new twists
8. Compatible with MS Office 2003 and higher
9. Uses Adobe Reader 9 and Flash 10 and makes PDF files interactive with map content and associated documentation (certain limitations apply to date)
10. Uses either a 3D or 2D "scapes" view (comes with both) of your project details
11. Exports to standard HTML based web browser such as IE
12. Link research data such as web sites directly into the map
13. Centralize project documentation into a single map
14. In a few clicks, deliver full documentation in a fully structured Word document including map, table of contents, index, etc.
15. Export to an XML format that can be used in a standard browser
16. Export to a PowerPoint presentation
Sound interesting? So far, from a client - business partner team perspective, the preliminary feedback is very positive!
When you're working with business processes, a waterfall methodology works quite adequately, thus the ASAP roadmap is a nice approach. When working with technical development, you may need other methods. Agile is one that works quite well along with it's much touted Scrum approach.
When combining waterfall and Agile, plus a couple of other ingredients, you have a project methodology that meets the needs of 90% to 95% of projects. There is no such thing as one size fits all, but we're offering a solution strategy that will fit to a higher degree than many other methods.