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A Kronos Implementation: Planning for Complexity Part 3

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 22, 2015 11:30:00 AM

 

Over the last two weeks we have been discussing the inherent complexity in a Kronos implementation. In the part one of our planning for complexity series, we reviewed how to properly assess your project team’s mix of resources and skills by performing a current state analysis and how to create a resource inventory using that information. In part two of our Kronos Implementation series, we discussed how to start with the end in mind and how to successfullly complete a state comparison and analysis for your organization. In the final blog of our three-part series, we are going to discuss the last simplification process: the Post-Project Support Model. 

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Tags: WFC, Kronos Project Management, Kronos Implementation

A Kronos Implementation: Planning for Complexity Part 2

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

 

Last week we discussed the inherent complexity in a Kronos implementation: part one of our three-part series about simplifying a complex enterprise Kronos implementation or project. We reviewed how to properly assess your project team’s mix of resources and skills by performing a current state analysis and how to create a resource inventory using that information. In part two of our Kronos Implementation series, we will discuss the next step of the simplification process: starting with the end in mind.

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Tags: Kronos Project Management, Enterprise Kronos Implementation, Kronos Implementation

A Kronos Implementation Guide: Planning for Complexity

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on May 8, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Complexity is inherent in any enterprise Kronos implementation. Failing to fully account and plan for all variables in the total Kronos equation guarantees an overbudget and under-delivered project. Failing to plan for the inherent complexity in an IT project results in:

  • Incomplete Planning
  • Disjointed Execution
  • An end product that is a support nightmare, negating any planned ROI


"Most people don't plan to fail; they simply fail to plan."

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Tags: Kronos Project Management

Let the Games Begin: Gamification meets Kronos Workforce Central

Posted by Chandler Paris on Apr 27, 2015 12:07:00 PM


When writing about The Law of Competition, Andrew Carnegie said “…while the law may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it insures the survival of the fittest in every department”.

Gamification has become a large topic of conversation in recent months, specifically in the fields of healthcare and retail. In fact, technology research and advisory company, Gartner, Inc. predicted that by 2016, businesses will spend a total of $2.6 billion on this technology. Although the projected numbers seem hopeful, industry thought-leaders disagree on whether or not the technology will be effective.

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Tags: Kronos gamification, Gamification, Workforce Central Version 7, Workforce Central Gamification

Why Upgrade Kronos? Discover the “Why” behind a Kronos Upgrade

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Faced with the dilemma of keeping up with service packs, advisories, and upgrades, Prince Hamlet of Kronosland despondently asked, "To upgrade or not to upgrade, that is the question ---." Painful reference to Shakespeare aside, should your organization upgrade now? Should you wait for the java-free Kronos version 8.0? The Kronos Upgrade conversation often centers on the decision to upgrade, without focusing on “why” the decision to upgrade is necessary. Strategically planning if, when, and how to upgrade entails understanding the reasons why a Kronos upgrade would be beneficial for your organization (or why it might be time to wait).

Here are some of the most important reasons to upgrade:

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Tags: WFM, Kronos Upgrade

ALERT! Google drops Chrome support for Java: May Affect WFC Access

Posted by Chandler Paris on Apr 17, 2015 1:22:00 PM

Getting "This plug-in not supported" when trying to access Kronos WFC?

Yesterday, Kronos published Technical Advisory TA101274. In this advisory, they announced that Google has blocked the Netscape Plugin Application Programming Interface (NPAPI), a necessary element required to run the Java. The change will impact the most recent version of Google's Chrome browser, version 42 and all future versions.

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Tags: Java, Kronos Version 6.2, Kronos Version 6.3, Kronos Technical Advisory, Kronos Version 7.0

What Kronos Training will NOT do for your Organization

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Apr 6, 2015 9:07:11 AM

 

While a properly executed Kronos training plan can increase user adoption, ROI, and user adoption, there are some areas where it is unrealistic to expect improvement. Although there are many positive results that come from a strategic Kronos training, there are aspects of a successful implementation that training will not manage. What are they?

 

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Tags: Kronos Training Consultant

3 Common & Incorrect Assumptions about Kronos Training

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 30, 2015 11:30:00 AM

 

The complexities inherent in Kronos training are often ignored. Training can be seen as a small part of project implementation, not requiring much attention. Organizations can forget the importance of training and that training invests in one of the most valuable resources: their workforce. Maximizing the potential and skills of your employees can optimize all other aspects of your organization. The minimized value placed on training is not the only misconception associated with Kronos training. Here are the top three common and incorrect assumptions about Kronos training.

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Tags: Change Management, Training Plan, Kronos Workforce Central

Improvizations Appoints New HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist

Posted by Amy Doughten on Mar 27, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Improvizations Appoints New HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist 

Planned Growth Supported by New HR Initiatives 

Phoenix, AZ - Improvizations, a Kronos®  Connect partner, is proud to announce that Megan Timonte has joined the company as HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist, effective immediately.

Megan brings over 20 years of financial services experience to her new role as HR Payroll and Benefits Specialist with Improvizations. Most recently, Megan started her own company, Bookkeepers for Contractors, where she successfully managed over 15 different clients for 13 years. 

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User Adoption Assessments: Are they really necessary?

Posted by Jenna Ryckman on Mar 24, 2015 11:30:00 AM

 

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”

- Sir Winston Churchill-

Strategic planning without analysis is ineffective. The design or evolution of a strategy should be based on analysis of previous results. Without understanding where changes need to be made, organizations may repeat costly and ineffective policies. Creating a strategy for Kronos training is no different. Analyzing previous Kronos implementations for training results can help successfully plan for the next one. For organizations that are implementing Kronos for the first time, inquiring into the experience of other organizations may be beneficial. User adoption assessments are a necessary part of the analysis process for any trainer. Without user assessments, we have no way to measure the success of the training and the overall product implementation.  

We define user adoption as:

 “Presenting information about a new technology in such a way that it becomes an accepted part of an employee’s work day regimen, ensuring they understand it and accept it as part of what they do.” 

 

Adoption is achieved through the Kronos Training cycle, which consists of:

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Tags: Kronos Training, User Adoption, Kronos User adoption, User Adoption Assessments