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ZCOPE TIP: Umbenennen von Tags

Wer kennt es wohl nicht: Sie haben Tags gesetzt die einen Rechtschreibfehler enthalten oder sie möchten gerne Tags zusammenführen um wieder mehr Übersichtlichkeit zu erhalten.

Dies können Sie ganz einfach über die Funktion “Tags umbenennen” erledigen.

Wählen Sie hierfür ganz einfach einen der bereits vergebenen Tags aus und geben Sie eine neue Bezeichnung an. Mit einem Klick auf “Speichern” haben Sie Ihre Tags ganz einfach und schnell umbenannt.

Sie können mit Hilfe dieser Funktion auch verschiedene Tags unter einer Bezeichnung zusammenführen.

Juliane Höfle am 10. Dezember 2010 - 10:00 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Internal and external hourly rate

Hourly_rate

Normally employees are set against two different hourly rates, an internal and an external rate:

  • The internal rate are the costs that the employee causes internally per hour.
  • The external rate are the price that the client is charged for this employee‘s work.

Both values are pulled up for the calculation of the manpower costs on the basis of the time tracking. For this, both rates must be given for all project members.

ZCOPE Support am 3. Februar 2010 - 9:45 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Correct reading of the burndown chart

Burndown_chart

The burndown chart is a graph that visualises the project‘s progress. This curve shows the project performance. The dark blue trend line shows the actual project course: if it lies directly on the light blue line, the project runs „normal“. If it‘s in the pink area, the performance is under quota, in the light blue area it‘s better than planned.

The figure beneath the graph states, how many percents the project is performing above/under the planned time. Thus discrepancies between plan and reality can be recognised early on and countermeasures can be taken.

ZCOPE Support am 27. Januar 2010 - 9:38 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Knowledge management

books

ZCOPE doesn‘t have (yet) an explicit area for knowledge management but there are several possibilities how to organise knowledge.

At first let‘s talk about the „implicit“ information. Each description that will be added to tasks, task lists, milestones, dates and budgets might contain important knowledge. The same is valid for the journal – it shows what happened when (grouped by days, the single areas are marked by colours). Also the project templates hold know-how from previous projects.

The instruments most obviously suited for knowledge management are the document archive and the project blog. Documents may be updated at any time, the old versions will be kept (can be deleted as well of course). Blog entries may be edited and enhanced by the author, other team members can add comments.

ZCOPE Support am 20. Januar 2010 - 10:28 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Versioned documents

Versioned_documents

In ZCOPE, documents are not only saved centrally but also in a versioned form. This means, that you can upload an updated version as an addition to already existing documents – the older version will be kept.

Thus e.g. design developments can be reproduced chronologically correct or different people can work consecutively on the same document.

ZCOPE Support am 13. Januar 2010 - 10:31 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: The „internal“ feature

Internal_project_blog_posting

Even if we support transparency in projects – there are things that should remain „among us“, therefore „internal“. All employees of the account owner automatically have the „internal“ status and thus more rights and access to more data.

But also people from outside of the company can get the „internal“ status, e.g. an agency on friendly terms, with which also confidential information will be shared. Due to the extended settings, certain things can remain within one company: in this case one simply deactivates the reading and writing rights of the corresponding area (e.g. time tracking).

What can be marked as „internal“?

  • Tasks
  • Dates
  • Documents
  • Blog entries (of course the corresponding comments are „internal“ as well)

Task lists cannot be „internal“ as there would be too many dependencies in the case of task moving between multiple lists.
Budgets are invisible for not-“internal“ team members by default (this can be changed redefining the extended settings).

The project manager can adjust the „internal“ settings. Only „internal“ project members can  mark elements as „internal“.

ZCOPE Support am 7. Januar 2010 - 10:23 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Extended settings

Extended_settings

Not every team member should have access to all information resp. the right to write. E.g. trainees should be able to see tasks but shouldn‘t be authorised to create new ones: they get reading rights for this section but the writing rights will be deactivated.

Extended settings can be defined for the following areas:

  • Tasks
  • Time tracking
  • Dates
  • Budgets
  • Documents
  • Project blog

These settings can be determined for all project members, no matter if internal or not. The latter by default have fewer rights – this can be changed with the extended rights.

ZCOPE Support am 30. Dezember 2009 - 5:16 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: Project templates

Project_templates

There are a lot of projects with a similar setup. To save time in the planning phase, we developed the project template feature.

As an example, I use the organisation of an event. There are several tasks that have to be done with every event:

  • Location: Selection, bid solicitation, booking, fire authority inspection, etc.
  • Entertainment programme (live music, all-round entertainer, etc.): Selection, bid solicitation, booking, etc.
  • Catering: Selection, bid solicitation, booking, etc.
  • Guest list: Listing, design, shipping, etc.
  • Security
  • Permissions
  • Etc.

In the template you may define task lists, tasks, dates (milestones) and budgets as well as the responsible persons. If you notice something missing later on (e.g. the renting of parking lots) you may adapt the template at any time.

Now you start projects as always but are able to select a template under point 4.

ZCOPE Support am 23. Dezember 2009 - 9:58 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: How to get informed automatically

Subscribe

Not everyone‘s ZCOPE account is permanently opened. But still if, there are some things one doesn‘t get. So, if you wait for something special or want to get informed about all what‘s happening in the project, subscribe to the journal of the project (as RSS feed) in the project‘s overview.

If you have a paid account, you can subscribe to all projects as well and you won‘t miss anything in the future. That‘s also true for the subscription for dates. Go to the dashboard where you will find the following links:
Project updates: Subscribe
Subscribe to iCalendar

ZCOPE Support am 9. Dezember 2009 - 9:28 Uhr

ZCOPE Tip: How to prioritise

todo

In ZCOPE, there are several possibilities how to prioritise task lists and tasks – independent from the set date. Here are some examples that we apply:

Task lists are positioned with descending importance via drag & drop. Within the lists, the tasks are positioned in the same way.

The single elements are tagged „important&urgent“, „urgent“, „important“ or „nice2have“ and worked off in this order.

A ZCOPE customer recently told me about her wish, I answered with a „partial SCRUM“-idea. She said there are days without urgent to do‘s and she‘s only doing tasks she feels in the mood for. These tasks should be planned on the evenings before or in the mornings of these days. I suggested to bundle tasks from different task lists: in lists that either are named after the date. Or she can assign the date as tag – in this case, the tasks may remain in their original list.

If you use the tagging option, the prioritisation works across projects as well: select „my tasks“ in the dashboard and click on the wished tag.

ZCOPE Support am 3. Dezember 2009 - 10:29 Uhr
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