Timesheet & Project Management Blog

The goal of this blog is to provide tips and ideas for improving time tracking and project managment for our customers and other interested people.

KPI's for Work In Progress

Do you have special KPI's you want to display on the Work In Progress screen? Now you can do it, with Standard Time.

KIP's can be calculdated with special scripts, and the results displayed on the WIP screen. Consider these possibilities:

  1. Special database queries
  2. Mathematical calculations
  3. Historical statistics

Give it a try. Write a script, and display it in the Work In Progress screen on your shop floor.


Track Time For Manufacturing


Everyone knows, time is one of the most precious resources in manufacturing and engineering. You can’t get enough of it.

But what if you could get an extra one percent each day? Or five or ten percent?

Why not try the Standard Time® job tracking app, built just for engineering and manufacturing? And built to save time.

-          Locate and smash bottlenecks

-          Produce more with less

-          Reduce manufacturing costs

Download today!  www.stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm


Key Performance Indicators in Mfg


Engineering and manufacturing organizations use “Key Performance Indicators” or KPI’s to measure success.

They are calculations of productivity and effectiveness.

The time tracking app, Standard Time® can provide the raw materials for manufacturing KPI’s.

With Standard Time, you get things like:

  • Equipment up-time
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness
  • Employee utilization
  • Work order traceability

Standard Time is a time tracking and productivity wonder.

Try a 30-day trial in your manufacturing or engineering shop today!

Download from: www.stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm

Work In Progress Android App (WIP)


I’m going to show you an application you can install onto your Android phone or tablet called Work In Progress. You probably seen over on the desktop version of Standard Time® the Work in Progress screen. So I’m going to go to the view menu, choose work in progress and up pops this screen that shows you the status of jobs, hours that you have worked, percent complete, employee status and whether the timer is runner for that job. You can put this on a big 75” monitor, hang it out on the shop floor so that every employee can see it. But it turns out there is also an application down on the Android that you can use on your phone or tablet.

We’re looking at a tablet here. I’ve got a little $50 RCA Voyager tablet. It’s basically looking at the same information. We’ve got the work in progress screen, very similar to what you saw before. You have a list of jobs, last activity, number of hours; and these columns are configurable just like on the desktop. Go back and we can look at employee status. You see the list of employees, the last time they worked on something, the job they worked on, shown there in the notes.

You have synchronization so you can pull down all the data from Standard Time, same data that you saw over there. Then you have settings. So let’s go ahead and look at the settings. There’s four sections here, general, notifications, data and sync and work in progress.

I’m going to tap on general for now; you basically got copy right, legal, contact information, nothing big there.

In notifications, this will pop up notifications for certain things that you’ve selected, you can look at employee timers not running for a certain amount of hours. Employee timers that exceed a certain number of hours and then project percentages that exceed a certain percentage. You can make choices there. Then this will pop up those notifications right there on your android phone or tablet.

Let’s look at data and sync. You have sync frequency; for how often you want to pull down data. The last synchronization, the number of time logs you want to pull down so that you can see more context. Of course you have your user name password and then the URL you’re synchronizing with. Whether that’s with web addition or windows addition, you can put the URL in there.

Let’s go into work in progress, you can see what designates a job; whether that is projects, tasks, work orders and some text fields. You can also configure the columns liked we’ve talked about before where you set which columns you want to display.

Basically you can go into these screens and see the status of jobs and see the columns you’ve selected. Down at the bottom here you also have some choices if you want to look at the employee status, very similar looking at the status from that home page. Then you’ve got your time logs, these are the raw time logs that you may want to take a look at; these are all synchronized, pulled down from Standard Time. You’ve got in this case 180 days’ worth, you can pull down as many as you like. That’s a synchronization choice.

Let’s go back and out and pull down here and looks like we have one notification, got some employees whose timers are not running right now. Let’s tap on that, it’s going to pull up a short list. It shows these are the people that don’t have the timer running right now. You can ask them what’s going on, maybe they are on break, maybe they are on lunch. You’ve got things like that that you can look into.

There’s you’re home page. That’s the Work in Progress application. I encourage not only to use it on the desktop but also on a tablet or right on your phone; get notifications and do regular synchronizations during business hours and be able to get the information right on your phone. Hope you like it!

See more at: http://www.stdtime.com

Billing Rates From Barcodes


Here’s a fun fact:

Every time employees scan project barcodes in Standard Time® billing rates are automatically assigned.

Billing rates for Buzz may be completely different than Britney’s.

Now when you bill clients for custom work orders, every segment of time has the correct rates. You instantly see:

  • Who worked on each job
  • Billable amounts
  • The total invoice amount

Try Standard Time for scanning bespoke and custom jobs.

Get it at stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm

Task Linking for Engineering


If you’re operating an engineering or manufacturing shop, you may already be using Standard Time® for task management and tracking.

But did you know Standard Time also has task dependencies?

A task dependency is when one task must be completed before another starts. The two are linked. So it’s sometimes called “Task Linking”.

Very handy for project planning.

Consider using task linking in Standard Time to manage your next project!

Download right now from stdtime.com

Employee Project Status


Look out over your manufacturing shop floor. What do you see?

It’s a beehive of employee activity.

But what are they all doing?

  • What jobs are they working on right now?
  • Which tasks?
  • And for what customers?

That’s easy to see with the Standard Time® “Employee Status” screen. Just look up on the “big screen” and see:

  • Names
  • Projects
  • Hours
  • And recent activity

Now you’re twice as efficient!

Get Standard Time from stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm today!

Work In Progress Shop Status


What is the first thing you look for when catching a flight at the airport?

The “Departures” screen, right?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have something like that for your manufacturing floor? For job status…

You could see:

  • Where jobs are now
  • Who’s working on them
  • And when they’ll end

Plus, you’d see:

  • Your favorite KPI’s
  • And work order status

That’s all in the Work In Progress screen in Standard Time®

Get it at www.stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm

Project Management for Manufacturing and Engineering


Everyone knows, manufacturing shops need project management.

It’s not just about milling and molding. That’s only the manufacturing part.

What about the projects behind those jobs? The engineering… The planning…

Got a solution for that?

We’ve got the perfect tool for your project management. It’s called Standard Time®.

What can you do with it?

  • Create task lists
  • Schedule jobs
  • Scan jobs with barcodes
  • Compare estimates with actuals

Exactly what you need?

Find us at: www.stdtime.com/manufacturing.htm

Timesheet Hours in Excel


Everyone says timesheets and spreadsheets don’t mix. Nobody tracks time in a spreadsheet anymore. And spreadsheets and timesheets just don’t work together.

But guess what?

They do now!

Introducing XLST, the new tool for Standard Time® timesheets!

Now you can pull timesheet data into Microsoft® Excel®, and view it any way you like.

  • Any format
  • Any style
  • Any way that works for you

Try XLST with your favorite timesheet: Standard Time.



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