WorkPoint is a logical and user-friendly solution that also offers great functionality. Unsurprisingly, however, there are several features, which create additional questions and contradict the previous experience of the user.
There are three really confusing features.
This is a great question, because planned labor contributions are entered, resources are allocated to the tasks, and each of them has prime cost values/ Why can’t we calculate the prime cost right away, adding the profitability percentage, getting the cost sheet for the client?
Here are the reasons:
What do we recommend? We provide all our clients with practical information in the form of project passports in XLS format. At the pre-sale stage, the sellers want to use their ‘creative approach’ preparing the planned passport (cost sheet). If the project is launched, they migrate the data from Excel to WorkPoint.
Our sellers take each and every task and show planned time, prime cost, expenses, and revenue (for the fixed bid projects).
The passport has to be stored in a file archive such as SharePoint, which can be connected with a project in WorkPoint.
We want to remind you that WorkPoint has a project plan (task structure) and a schedule with planned resources (it supports two representations: ‘By project’ and ‘By resource’.
There’s no correlation between them.
Such an approach is pretty unusual from the point of view of traditional project management systems (MS Project, Primavera), which rely on the versioning of plans.
Why did we implement this model?
They can’t do that in WorkPoint. Our solution is not a multifunctional machine that includes PSA, task tracking system, document exchange system and other solutions.
In normal conditions the project team works together, communicating closely with each other. There is no doubt that each of the members has their own KPI in WorkPoint. However, completion of operative tasks, as well as operative control is not built into the system.
This was a conscious decision, as there are several different solutions available in the field of communication, and each company has a different approach to this process. Some of them use boards like Kanban (Trello, MS Planer), other use ‘messaging’ systems (Slack, Skype4b, Telegram), while the remainder prefer tasks and control (Asana, MS Outlook). In the majority of cases, they use all of the mentioned solutions at once.