Element Object Types

Element manages work using what we refer to as 'Objects'. An object is a building block that can store pieces of data or other object types.

You can manage these objects using different interfaces.

There are a few categories of objects that we have in Element:

Hierarchy Objects

These are object types that represent pieces of work. They follow a particular hierarchy:

The relationships between these are as follows:

All work rolls up to a company. There is one company that you belong to in the system. That will act as your domain.

You can add portfolios which are typically a large collections of other portfolios or projects. Companies typically use these to categorise their work.

Projects are individual initiatives. These belong to no more than one portfolio at a time.

Features, Stories and Tasks are used to represent smaller pieces of work. Tasks in particular can be converted into a hierarchy by chaining tasks within tasks.

Functional Objects

These are objects that are assigned to your hierarchy objects. These are items such as Benefits, Funding blocks, Milestones, Risks and Issues.

Depending on your specific role you will be able to create and access specific objects in Element.

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Projects (sometimes known as Initiatives) are a hierarchy object type. They are typically pieces of work with a moderate to long time-frame. They are typically made up of Features, Stories and Tasks.

Portfolios are a hierarchy object type. They are typically used to hold a collection of other portfolios or projects.