Message from BrightWork

Gratitude and Ambition: A Year-End Message from BrightWork

December 2, 2019 by

As the final weeks of the year – and the decade – approach, it’s a good time to reflect on what has passed and to look forward.

In BrightWork, we’re using “Gratitude-Status” and “Ambition-Adjust” in our annual planning this year.

Gratitude – Status is all about reflecting on our current status and being grateful for these results.

Ambition – Adjust makes us think about where we want to go and what we need to do to get there. It’s about pushing ourselves to better serve our customers.

I’m enjoying this process and hope you can find some value in this approach with your teams.

As part of the “Gratitude-Status” step, the BrightWork teams have been reflecting on our milestones over the past ten years.

Three key themes have emerged from these discussions.


1. Start-Evolve

Every team, project, and organization is different. Getting everyone on board with project management can be daunting. We’ve continued to use and improve the ‘Start-Evolve’ approach with our customers.

We Start BrightWork deployments by focusing on what customers need, right now.

In time, we help customers to Evolve their project management approach so they can add more processes.

This Start-Evolve paradigm continues to drive a lot of our actions and decisions.


2. User Adoption

Good software makes it easy for everyone to do their jobs. As more people adopt and use a project management solution, the quicker organizations can improve project outcomes.

Ease-of-use is key to software adoption. In response to customer feedback, we’ve added new, engaging features to BrightWork like Kanban Boards, charts, task scheduling, and metric tiles.

Built on the SharePoint interface, these features help anyone, with any level of project management experience, contribute to projects.


3. Scalability

Of course, as adoption grows and more teams start using project management software, it’s important to maintain reliable performance.

We’ve developed new capabilities to make BrightWork even more scalable as we see customers deploy across new teams, departments, and divisions.

A version of BrightWork has been released for every version of SharePoint since 2001. BrightWork now ships across four platforms – SharePoint 2019/2016/2013 and BrightWork Online.

Some highlights from the journey to these milestones are below.

A heartfelt thanks to the BrightWork employees, customers, and partners who made these achievements possible. Together we are more.

As we reflect on these development, we are mindful of the second part of the planning approach – ‘’Ambition-Adjust’’.

We are all looking forward to another great decade with our customers and partners, current and future.


”Whatever good things we build end up building us.” (Jim Rohn (1930-2009), American Entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker)




BrightWork Milestones 2010 – 2019

2010 – Collaborative Project Management Guide

We kicked off the decade with our free online guide to collaborative project management. This guide was created to help our customers meet two key project management challenges.

Firstly, projects are needed in every team but not everyone is a formally trained project manager. As you can imagine, this makes it hard to get a good start with projects!

Secondly, as organizations become flatter, managing a project collaboratively across teams and different locations becomes trickier.

The guide outlined a common way of managing projects to help teams with different experiences manage projects of all sizes and complexity.


2011 – Microsoft Partnership

We continued our partnership with Microsoft as part of the Project “Wave 15” Partner Advisory Council (PAC) Technical Advisory Program (TAP) for the new release of Office 2013.


2012 – BrightWork for the Cloud

BrightWork Online, our cloud-based offering, was launched with our hosting partners, Project Hosts.  This allows us to offer a free trial of BrightWork to new users without the need to install SharePoint.


2013 – BrightWork on every version of SharePoint

BrightWork for SharePoint 2013 was released.


2014 – Free Project Management Template for SharePoint

SharePoint is a powerful project management platform, but does require some configuration. To help SharePoint users get and running with projects quickly, we released our free SharePoint Project Management Template in 2014.

Since then, many Free Template users have become BrightWork customers, including Amazon.

An updated version of the template was released in 2018.


2015 – BrightWork with US Government Level Cloud Security

Together with Project Hosts, we launched the BrightWork FedRAMP Project Office.

FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

The BrightWork FedRAMP Project Office ensures our Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, and National Security customers can deploy BrightWork securely on SharePoint On-Premises or in dedicated FedRAMP SaaS compliant cloud.


2016 – Focus on User Adoption of Project Management

Our goal to increase user adoption continued with the addition of in-browser task scheduling, metric tiles, and enhanced scorecards.


2017 – A Published Book on Collaborative Project Management

Applying the principle of ‘Start-Evolve’ to ourselves, the online guide to collaborative project management was expanded and published as a book in 2016.

The second edition of ‘Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook’ was published in 2017.

The book is available to download for free from our website.


2018 – More Frequent Releases of BrightWork

Our Engineering team moved to a quarterly release cycle to deliver more project management capabilities to our customers faster. Among these new features was SharePoint Kanban Boards for BrightWork, a visual way to manage projects.


2019 – Amazon Projects – an amazing story

Our customers continued to grow their usage of BrightWork, including Amazon Projects, which reached over 25,000 users across 285 groups.



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