What to Look for When Choosing a Kronos Project Manager

Jan 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Imagine you are about to board a plane. As you head for your seat, you overhear the pilot having a conversation with the flight attendant. “Well, actually, this is my first time flying a plane. Normally, I drive a delivery truck … but hey! They are pretty close to the same thing, right?” At this point, most of us, or at least those of us who understand the expertise and knowledge necessary to be a pilot, would run off the plane fearing for our lives. Although a somewhat drastic example, choosing an unqualified project manager for your Kronos Project is in many aspects like letting an unqualified person fly a plane. He or she will give it their best effort and may have many of the necessary skills, but they do not have the knowledge or experience necessary to make sure the project gets off the ground and lands without any organizational casualties.

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How to Succeed at Project Management: Building a Proper Foundation

Feb 26, 2015 7:00:00 AM

 

We never intentionally set ourselves up for failure. However, in the world of IT project managment, new managers will often find themselves in the midst of a project doomed to fail, without fully understanding who or what went wrong. In order for any IT project to be successful, it must be built on a strong foundation. There are four key building blocks necessary to build a strong foundation for an enterprise IT project.

 

 1. Approved Business Case 

The first step in any IT project is to design your business case. The business case records the justification for starting a project. It describes the benefits, costs and impact, plus a calculation of the financial case. Clearly outline the expected business outcomes and the strategic reasons for your Kronos implementation. Document, define, and discuss all of the different factors included in the project. Once you have your project outlined and defined, gain approval from all business and project sponsors. 

 

2. Sufficient Requirements and Strong Internal Support

 Strong Internal support and alignment will give a Project Manager and team the confidence needed to strive for difficult goals. Make sure the project goals are achievable, while still stretching your team to improve. It is essential to always have sufficient requirements for your team. 

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Is Your Kronos Timekeeper Implementation at RISK?

Dec 19, 2013 1:23:00 PM

So many risks in the Kronos implementation project -- so little time. Wikipedia identifies project risk as something that "can be defined as an unforeseen event or activity that can impact the project's progress, result or outcome in a positive or negative way." The question I have for you is:

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Is this Kronos Timekeeper build (implementation, change, upgrade) good enough?

Oct 21, 2013 12:59:00 PM

I'm often asked when a team should move new features into Production. Or, how do you know that a Kronos configuration is "good enough"? This is a simple question that deserves a simple answer. I answer the question with a question. "Is it right?"

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What is Change Management for Kronos?

Sep 6, 2013 2:00:00 AM

Change is constant. Right, we all know that. So what's the big deal? Firstly let's get some definitions down for this series as these topics cross one another all over the place.

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Key Elements for Managing your Kronos Project: Starting the Journey

Aug 10, 2012 9:09:00 AM

Have you been selected to manage a Kronos project in your organization?  Congratulations!  Leading a Kronos project is challenging, fast-paced and sometimes trying.   But in the end, it’s a lot of fun to cross the go-live finish line with your team and deliver a unique and valuable WFM solution to your organization. 

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Kronos Eats Little Kids!

May 22, 2012 11:41:00 AM

The Greek titan of time, “Kronos” (or Cronus) in addition to spawning the name of the company we all know and love, also had many children. Most of these he ate. Or at least swallowed until, Zeus, one of the survivors grew up and forced Kronos to disgorge his siblings.  Such abuse was apparently common during the so called Golden Age of Greek mythology.  Another famous Greek, Plato, is known for his own perspective on the abuse of things… namely poets and or poetry. Apparently much nerdier folks than I have spilled a lot of ink debating whether Plato disliked poetry or the poets themselves.  As far as I have read he never ate any of them.  Plato did, however, coin a very interesting (dare I say poetic) admonition: “Banish the abuse, not the thing”. 

If you are having a hard time connecting all this with Kronos Workforce TimeKeeper I know just how you feel.  I was in a Guitar Forum of all places when I started reading a thread asking about people’s experience with ‘Kronos timekeeping system at work’.  Quite frankly ‘Kronos’ got a fair amount of abuse from many of the responders. One complained about having a tiny window of time to clock in, another the amount of keystrokes needed to login or make a change, and another about how paranoid management must be to install fingerprint readers.  Of course, none of these evils are inherent to Kronos but rather a particular implementation.   I wanted to shout “εξορίσει την κακοποίηση δεν το πράγμα!” (Banish the abuse not the thing) but I might as well be speaking Greek to them.  Oh wait, that is Greek.  This got me wondering who hates Kronos and why? (Reference the Timekeeping system not the voracious namesake titan ) 

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