There are three important steps to setup and configure your workspace.
- Create your First Project and then add the active projects your team will be working on when you roll out LiquidPlanner.
- Prioritize your Projects using Packages to create a workspace structure that ensures your priorities are reflected in the schedule.
- Customize Your Project Data so you can forecast and analyze results through Dashboards and Reporting.
You’ve arrived at step three, Customize Your Project Data which explains how to configure custom fields, activities, teams and more. At the end of this article you’ll find an Onboarding Webinar covering best practices for setting up your workspace, and the most important things your team can do to keep the schedule up-to-date.
Examine your reporting needs
- Do you need to create reports or executive dashboards that are segmented by specific projects?
- Do you need to view all of the projects for a specific client you work with?
- Do you want to see what type of work your team spends most of their time on?
- Do you want to analyze resource workload by different teams in your workspace?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you’ll want to start thinking about how set up your project data now. This is the final major step of setting up your new workspace, so that you can include these data points in your reports, Dashboards and project planning.
Custom fields can be configured on projects or tasks. Custom field types include: pick list, free text, date, numeric, and currency. Here are some common ways Custom Fields are used:
To get a side-by-side view of the Department that owns each project using a pick-list Custom Field:
To filter reports and Dashboards by pick-list fields such as Project Type:
If you want insight into what type of work your team members spend their time on, then you should set up Activities.
You can create Activity names to represent the major segments of work across teams. And if you work with clients, you can also mark specific Activities billable or non-billable.
Here is an example of a donut chart in a Dashboard that visualizes the amount of time team members spent on various Activities over the last week.
If you are delivering your projects to an internal or external Client, you can populate the Client field within the Project to show this information in reports and Dashboards.
For example, here is a Dashboard that is filtered to all projects for a specific Client. You can share this dashboard with others, such as the Account Manager, or the client themselves:
The Teams feature allows you to assign workspace members to a Team so that you can easily filter or report on all of the members within that team, rather than selecting individuals.
For example, a manager could create a Dashboard to view work by his Team:
You can also segment resource workload reports by filtering to a specific team:
Tags are a free-text value that can be assigned to any type of plan-item. Unlike Custom Fields, which are limited to projects or tasks, you can assign a Tag to packages, projects, sub-folders, etc.
Tags are beneficial for assigning a common theme(s) to many different items, and then being able to search by that tag or filter reports and Dashboards by that tag.
Here is an example finding projects tagged with a company’s strategic initiative labeled “2020 Growth”:
This article has the most common data customizations. There are also Rate Sheets for Billing and Pay Rules, and a Reference Field for entering free text. Review articles in the Set Up & Configure Your Workspace category to see if there’s anything else you’d like to incorporate.
Resources found under Implementing LiquidPlanner will help you prepare your team for the transition.
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