New Features to Help Make You a Master of Project Portfolio Management!

Click Here To Try It Yourself For Free Today!

Click Here to Upgrade From Version 5.

Version 6 adds many new features to make your analyses and decision-making faster, clearer , and easier than ever before. Bubble Chart Pro™ includes new chart types, uncertainty tracking, new preference selections and much more.

New Chart Types:

Project Ranking Charts (OPTIMAL edition only): Project portfolio project ranking charts (Figure 1) provide a unique and informative view of your projects ranking. Ranking charts can be used to rank projects by SMART value scores or by your other attributes (profits, cost, risk, etc.). When “Uncertainty Tracking” is enabled, you can see the high and low estimated values for each project.

Project Ranking Chart with Uncertainty Tracking On

Figure 1. Project Ranking Chart with Uncertainty Tracking On

Sensitivity Charts (OPTIMAL and PLUS editions only): Sensitivity charts (Figure 2) help you answer many "what if?" questions about your portfolio by showing you how your SMART value scores changes when an attribute value changes. They also help to quickly understand:

  • Which attributes have the greatest impact on your projects
  • How the rankings change relative to the attributes
  • How the ranking changes when an attribute's weight changes

Sensitivity Chart for Cost. Note how as cost goes up, the SMART value scores go down

Figure 2. Sensitivity Chart for Cost. Note how as cost goes up, the SMART value scores go down.

Independently Move Chart Axes

In project portfolio management, bubble charts are commonly divided into four quadrants to understand the relationships between projects. In Version 6, you can independently move the chart X- and Y-axes from the border of the bubble chart to the center of the bubble chart (Figure 3), which makes it easy to identify the quadrants and to associate each project bubble with the values displayed along each axes. Click here to see other new bubble chart grid preferences. (All editions)

Project portfolio bubble chart with center axes

Figure 3. Project portfolio bubble chart with center axes.

Track Uncertainty and Risk:

Bring Uncertainty and Risk Out of the Shadows! (OPTIMAL edition only): Projects rarely have certain single attribute values, but the risk and uncertainty surrounding them is usually hidden. Attributes such as cost, ROI, risk, and timing are all better estimated within a range, these range often hidden because they are difficult to display and compare in many charts.

Uncertainty and Risk can be displayed in Sensitivity Charts, Bubble Charts, and Project Ranking Charts

Figure 4. Uncertainty and Risk can be displayed in Sensitivity Charts, Bubble Charts, and Project Ranking Charts.

In Bubble Chart Pro™ OPTIMAL, you can enter a “Plus,” “Minus,” and “Likely,” value for each project attribute so you can see these in your chart. You can enter these values manually or set default values and let Bubble Chart Pro™ calculate them for you automatically. Also, the SMART prioritizer will calculate the “High,” “Low,” and “Likely” value scores based on the uncertainty values.

Redesigned Attribute Form:

Version 6.3 features a completely redesigned project attribute form so that you can fine-tune the SMART project attribute (metric) values of each attribute in your project portfolio, and make your project portfolio prioritization even more precise and transparent. Plus ,now you can choose from three different and fully-adjustable curve types: Linear, S-type (logistic) and Step (incremental). Click here for more details on using this new attribute form.

New attribute form makes it easy to find your projects along the SMART value curve so you can adjust your curve precisely

Figure 5. By clicking the “Show Projects” check box, you can see where each individual project is located on the SMART score curve, and then easily adjust each each curve to precisely fine-tune the location of each project along the SMART value curve.

Sortable Legends:

Charts now have sortable legends, so with one click on a header you can sort the legend alphanumerically or by SMART value score.

Sortable legends makes it easy to find your projects and their SMART value ranking. When you double-click on a project, it opens in the project form

Figure 6. Sortable legends makes it easy to find your projects and their SMART value ranking. When you double-click on a project, it opens in the project form.

Dragable Columns:

You can change to Portfolio column order by dragging and dropping columns from one place to the next. You can also restore the original column order in the Portfolio Preference form.

Simply click, drag, and drop to move your Portfolio Data columns around

Figure 7. Simply click, drag, and drop to move your Portfolio Data columns around.

Improved Dashboard (OPTIMAL and PLUS editions only):

You can create and display all chart types in the display areas, and 3D bubble charts can now be rotated in Dashboard Charts.

When you move the cursor into a 3D chart area, the rotation controls appear so you can rotate the chart

Figure 8. When you move the cursor into a 3D chart area, the rotation controls appear so you can rotate the chart.

All New Preferences for Data Forms:

All the data forms now have Preference forms that allow you to have the look that you want, including font types, sizes, and colors.

Portfolio Data Preference Form

Figure 9. Portfolio Data Preference Form

Improved Chart Printing and Exporting:

Charts can be exported in popular graphic formats including .png, .jpeg. and .gif. The entire printing and exporting routines have been re-written to give you a more WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) output. A new form lets you pick the size of the chart and legend independently, or you can hide the legend altogether.

Examples of exported charts that can be used in presentations and reports

Figure 10: Examples of exported charts that can be used in presentations and reports.

One-click Back-Up and Restore:

Version 6 lets you create backups and restore saved back-ups in one click. Not only are having backups a good way to ensure that your data is safe, backup files are a great way to share data with other Bubble Chart Pro™ users. Just create the backup file, send it to the other user, and they can open it using their restore from back process.

Back-up and Restore from the File Menu

Figure 11: Back-up and Restore from the File Menu.

Improved Chart Rendering and Speed:

Many “under the hood” changes in version 6 make the charts draw faster and improve design and data presentation. For example, 3D bubble charts have been re-designed to provide better perspective as they rotate and better presentation of chart data such as axis and tick labels.

Click Here To Try It Yourself For Free Today!

Click Here to Upgrade From Version 5.

Click here to see what was new in Version 5