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Louise Allen

Sr. VP Products Management & Solutions Marketing

With more than 20 years of experience in all facets of bringing technology products to market, Louise leads the product management and solutions marketing teams for Planview, responsible for product strategy, positioning and roadmap for all three of Planview’s product lines. She is also a proud sponsor of Women at Planview, an initiative that champions diversity in the workplace and the community. Louise joined Planview from Quickarrow, where, as Vice President of Product Strategy, her efforts drove the company from self-funded startup to consistently profitable. Prior to this, she held leadership positions with companies including Tivoli Systems, an IBM company, and NetQoS. Louise received her BS in Business Administration from Trinity University, and her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Innovation Management

Diversity and Innovation: 5 Tips for Crowdsourcing Tough Topics

As an innovation leader you’re on the forefront of diversity and innovation in your organization. You understand how important crowd diversity is — and that crowdsourcing your employees for ideas can boost employee engagement, company culture, and business results. This blog is about how you can use crowdsourcing in different ways to help address today’s...

Enterprise Agile Planning

Agile Transformation: 10 Lessons Learned (so far) on our Agile Journey

As a product leader, I get the question all the time: “Do you use your own products?” The answer is, “Of course we do.” It’s certainly true, but up until this point, usage was mainly in a department by department basis, with each department using the product slightly different and not necessarily connected. To provide...

Product Portfolio Management

Product Innovation Management at Work: Real-World Use Cases

In today’s race to digital convergence, it’s becoming more imperative to engineer product innovation management into the development process. This is about more than coming up with good ideas. From a product development standpoint, Tech-Clarity defines “innovation” as “Developing, acquiring, or applying capabilities to meet market needs and developing those capabilities into new or greatly...

Products

Without You, There Is No 12. That Is the Answer.

We have a saying here at Planview. We’ve been saying it so long that it’s become part of our culture. One person starts it, another finishes it. Without You, There Is No Us Our CEO, Greg Gilmore, coined it years ago. He was addressing our customers at a user conference. He took these words back...

Project Portfolio Management

7 Critical Capabilities Professional Services Must Master

Critical Capabilities for Professional Services According to the recent paper by the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), The State of Professional Services: 2013, recent trends in cloud computing and managed service models are changing what professional services firms are willing to pay and how they are willing to pay for solutions delivered in the cloud,...

Project Portfolio Management

Services Resource Planning—Changing the Game for Service-Driven Organizations

Game-Changing Services Resource Planning In my previous blog, Blindsided: Why Service-Driven Organizations are Unprepared for Swings in Demand, I discussed some of the pain project-based service organizations are currently facing. To summarize, virtually every organization experiences the following challenges: Unreliable forecasting means incoming demand is always a surprise Poor visibility of resource utilization; to find the...

Project Portfolio Management

Blindsided: Why Service-Driven Organizations are Unprepared for Swings in Demand

In my last blog post, SRP and PSA — There IS a Difference, I discussed the major differences between Services Resource Planning (SRP) and Professional Services Automation (PSA). In short, SRP addresses the capacity and demand issues that drive resource decisions and revenue forecasting, whereas PSA focuses more on the mechanics that drive the quote...

Project Portfolio Management

SRP and PSA—There IS a Difference—Part 1

As a follow up to a recent Webcast I participated in titled, The Missing Perspective: A Resource View for Service Driven Organizations, I wanted to begin a dialog around the key take-a-ways addressed in the Webcast as it provides a new perspective and insight into who is using Services Resource Planning (SRP) and why. I...

Product Portfolio Management

Top 5 Tips for Capturing the Voice of Your Customer

Product Development managers know how critical it is to develop products people want. How do you figure that out without simply guessing? How do you ensure your choice of which product or service to produce wasn’t just your opinion? You need customer-driven data. Here are my Top 5 Tips for capturing the voice of your customer...

Product Portfolio Management

5 Game Changers in Product Management – Part 2

Hopefully, you’ve had the opportunity to read Part 1 of this 2-part blog series. Carrie Nauyalis began our series with 3 of the top 5 game-changing tools that you can take advantage of to improve product management in your organization and make your life much easier. The last 2 tools are equally important. Let’s look...