Restricting OpenAir Time Types by Project or Task

For those of you who use time types to track billable/non-billable work or overtime/shift work, ever run into the problem of a consultant selecting the wrong value for task or project (especially those internal or administrative tasks)? OpenAir has two control switches that may be of interest – but you can only use one or…

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What I learned in Grade School is changing

Technology changes rapidly in today’s world – not only devices but programming approaches and languages. I started my career as a programmer working in PL/I and FORTRAN (dating myself a bit, I know) in industry. Then Object-Oriented languages took over and I stuck in there for a while but found myself more of a debugger…

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OpenAir Tracking Work Location for Services Delivery

It’s tax time and for many of us in the services world, we are working on computing how much services revenue was delivered in each of the US states to complete state tax obligations.   Unfortunately it’s this time of year when you realize that information tracking in your OpenAir system may be a bit limited…

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Does the ‘man month’ metric still work in today’s world?

Early on in my project management life I read a book that described what a ‘man-month’ or ‘man-day’ is, which is paraphrased as the amount of productive time you can expect from an employee given a defined period.  Six hours of an eight hour day is the general rule of thumb.  This gives you about…

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OpenAir ETC/EAC on Timesheets

NOTE: This tip is related to estimated and remaining hours which requires the feature ‘Enable “Hours Remaining” on tasks estimating feature’ to be enabled. Project Management methodologies rely on the ability to manage budget burn and expectations of budget burn. OpenAir can aid in this by providing the ability for users to submit an estimate…

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Utilization – common term, uncommon definition

When I was going through school, I remember getting critiqued on my papers by using the word ‘use’ too much.   So I would work around it by substituting ‘utilize’; tricky but effective.  In the consulting industry, ‘use’ should mean the same as ‘utilize’ but I find the definitions of utilize or utilization are widely varied. …

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