Project Plan is the process of defining, preparing and coordinating tasks, milestones, resources and dependencies into a comprehensive plan. It serves to inform project stakeholders how the project will be managed, make decisions and deal with project issues.
A typical way to create a project plan is to use a work breakdown structure (WBS), a technique for splitting tasks into sub-tasks and creating a task hierarchy. Gantt Charts are used to reflect the project hierarchy.
Adopting project management best practices, TimeTrak version 20.1 is now featuring project management add-ons such as WBS through Gantt Charts, master job - sub job and tasks, sub-tasks structure, project milestones and dependencies. Additionally, our new workload planning board provides you with a visual representation of the teams’ capacity and individual workload, allowing you to manage the project teams effectively.
TimeTrak 20.1 defines the project components as per below.
TimeTrak 20.1 Project Structure
TimeTrak 20.1 Master-job, Sub-job, Tasks and Sub-tasks
The term master-job is synonymous with the project in TimeTrak 20.1. The master job serves as the primary setup and is used for grouping purposes to include all sub-job activity performed for a single job. We highly recommend you to follow Master-Job – Sub-Job structure to achieve the best results in TimeTrak projects. It is important to note below information when you create projects in TimeTrak 20.1.
Important: TimeTrak 20.1 only considers jobs with option “Project Managed” ticked on as a master job.
Add a new Job (Master Job) - Select Project Managed - Set Start & Due Dates.
This feature will allow you to assign project resources (people or equipment) to sub-jobs, tasks and sub-tasks. Only the master job has the resources tab. Once project resources are selected, they will flow through to sub-jobs, tasks and sub-tasks. As a result, TimeTrak workload management features will be enabled.
Milestones act as signposts through the course of your project. A project milestone is a task with zero duration that shows important achievements. They represent a clear sequence of events that incrementally build up until your project is complete.
Project milestones can be added to the master-job as per below.
Typically, a sub-job is considered as a project phase. You can add multiple sub-jobs based on project requirements.
Important: Sub-job start date, due date and job manager are essential attributes for projects.
All related sub-jobs are visible under the master-job as per below.
Add job quote lines (budget) either to master-job level or sub-job level. Not Both.
Project resources will flow through to tasks from the master-job. Assign every task to a project resource.
Developing a project schedule is a process of analysing activity sequences, resource requirements, durations and schedule constraints. The three main factors that are considered in the process are duration, task dependencies and constraints. It is important to identify those factors at the planning stage.
A Gantt Chart is a project management tool assisting in the planning and scheduling of projects of all sizes, although they are particularly useful for simplifying complex projects.
To view your projects, pin “Projects” to the header menu bar in TimeTrak 20.1.
Click on Manage Workspace and add all master-jobs to your preferred workspace as illustrated below.
Legend contains descriptions of each item and related colour codes.
Horizontal bars of the Gantt Chart that represent sub-jobs (blue), tasks (green) and sub-tasks (green). As you extend the start or end dates, the bars on the Gantt Chart changes accordingly.
Sub-job & task details are shown on the left side of the Gantt Chart, enabling you to select your preferred settings with a single right-click on the left header bar.
TimeTrak Gantt Chart has multiple views to manage projects.
Expand, collapse projects and view milestones of multiple projects.
In TimeTrak, the Gantt Chart feature has an ability to view only project milestones by clicking the Diamond Icon on the menu bar.
View resources - simply click “Toggle Resources” Icon to view their names. Client tasks are shown in purple colour.
Project plans normally require tasks to be performed in a specific order. By default, tasks are linked in a 'Finish to Start' relationship (dependency), which means that the first task you select (the predecessor task) must end before the next task you select (the successor task) can start. This is typically represented on the Gantt Chart by lines with arrowheads joining each task to its successor.
In TimeTrak 20.1, task dependencies are represented in yellow arrows as per the below screenshot.
Typically, in a ‘Finish to Start’ relationship, the arrowhead points to the start date of the dependant task. This is different for ‘Finish to Finish’ and the arrowhead is pointed to the end date of the dependant task.
Add or delete task dependencies
Please refer below illustration to add and delete dependencies in TimeTrak 20.1.
Monitoring the project progress involves keeping track of lots of moving parts. Actual task progress monitoring is a key component of the project setup. Graphical representation of tasks’ actual competition is featured in Time Trak 20.1. This allows end-users to update the task progress without having to open individual tasks.
Sub-Jobs, Tasks & Due Date Changes - As you extend the start or end dates, the bars on the Gantt Chart changes accordingly.
Pro Tip: Beware of tasks that stay at 80% complete for too long. This is a sign that the task owner doesn’t know how much work there is still to do. When you ask for updates, the percentage complete should move up each time unless no work has genuinely taken place. Monitoring percentage complete is a good way to get an early warning about tasks that might run late.
If you have a task deadline date, the task cannot be moved beyond the deadline date.
Open TimeTrak Admin Console and tick “Show TimeTrak Projects” in the user’s profile.
Ensure Client user type is “Client Login”.
Milestone colours are customisable.
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