Deltek Insight was relatively successful this year.
Some promising functionality is being put out by Deltek, like the Navigator, and the mobile time app. Although, I found the mobile time app interface to be quite clunky in the demo. I actually took the Navigator usability test/survey in the lab at Insight. This was pretty interesting. They have made some good improvements to the planning module by putting a different presentation on top, one that actually appears like it will be readable when you have a plan in place.
For anyone who attended my presentation, what follows is my slide deck, with some clarification.
Regarding work breakdown structure, the example converted work breakdown structure should look like this instead:
0001 GW and Lysimeter Sampling Report
0002 SPCC Plan
0003 Drinking Water Sampling Report
Looking at the first phase “0001”: When developing a proper WBS for a project, you may find that you want to divide up certain amounts of effort into either their physical parts (like building 1, building 2, building 3) or into their process steps (get samples, write report, review and submit to client). It all depends on how you want to present the proposals, costs and fees. Either way, you should be able to put a price on the WBS element.
In the case above, phase 0001 has been divided into type of effort to deliver the plan/report, keeping in mind that it is possible to put a price on each task. The labor codes that would be used under task 01 might be travel time, sampling, sample plan (meaning planning out the number and location of samples), sample prep, lab tests. Then under 02 Reporting you might have report writing, report reviewing, administrative (collating, binding, copying) and delivery expenses. Again, it is possible to assign an estimate of cost and thus a price to both tasks, so even though they have “ing” at the end, they are ok as WBS elements.
If you have any other questions regarding my presentation, mission critical data path for Deltek Vision, the correct way to store certain types of data in Vision or any business automation questions in general, please get in touch. Even better, post a question on this post in the form of a comment and I will answer it in a follow up post.
Thank you for your time and attention!
here is the presentation in pdf format. I suggest right clicking on the link below and choosing “save as”:
==> PS-80 Storing Data in the right Place <==
P.S. I noticed there was a healthy stack of evaluation forms filled out and submitted after the presentation. Thank you very much!