Sitka Technology Group

A Few Personal Insights After Attending My 5th ProjectFirma User Group

I recently attended my fifth ProjectFirma user group since joining Sitka in early 2020. These quarterly meetings give ProjectFirma community members a chance to connect, share insights, and learn about new product updates. They also provide us with valuable feedback on how the platform is utilized and areas we can improve. Since my very first user group, I’ve been continually encouraged to see the community's energy to maximize the potential of ProjectFirma!

ProjectFirma, one of Sitka's open-source online platforms, is used for tracking the lifecycles of natural resource projects with high-level reporting and analysis capabilities. Since launching in 2016, we have partnered with organizations to set up seven unique instances of the ProjectFirma platform. Our partner organizations value the ability to configure the platform to meet their unique needs and continue to invest in additional customization features. So far, over $2.7 million has been invested into ProjectFirma resulting in increased usability and a better experience for existing and future users. 

One of the unique benefits of ProjectFirma is the community - a network of organizations that utilize the platform.

At our latest user group meeting, held virtually on February 24th, we got to hear updates from our partners about their organization's activities and goals for their individual ProjectFirma instances. Once the attendees caught the group up on their latest endeavors, we dove right into the platform updates.

In response to requests from prior user groups, we made it possible for project location data to be marked as private. This update was important because some organizations' projects have sensitive locations. Our partners needed to give their stakeholders control over whether that location data was publicly available, and the platform now supports that need.

We also shared an enhancement requested by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts. Based on their feedback, Performance Measure and Funding Source now pre-populate within the update workflow for an easier, more streamlined experience. While the Conservation Districts may have been the one to suggest this change, all our community users benefitted from this improvement.

RCD Project Tracker

Seeing the multiple ways ProjectFirma supports environmental programs and helps to foster collaboration continues to be a highlight of each user group session, and I look forward to our next meeting!

-Julia


PS: Rethinking how your department manages natural resource projects? Reach out to schedule a demo so you can see firsthand how you can streamline your management approach and increase project transparency with ProjectFirma.