Frank Köhnen

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Enhance NAV project planning with the VJS by adding time fields

Posted by Frank Köhnen on May 12, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Knowing the Microsoft Dynamics NAV jobs module, and knowing our Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS) add-in, you might be familiar with a kind of lack in the standard Dynamics NAV data model: you can only plan the hours needed per day, but you cannot define the exact time (e.g. 08:00 to 11:00) in which the task should be carried out.

Hence, many partners enhanced their Dynamics NAV project planning vertical soution by job planning line fields for the start and end times of the respective tasks.  So, all is good and well in NAV but what about the VJS? Wouldn’t your customers want to have the enhancements made in NAV also take effect in the VJS? Only few additional measures are needed to make the VJS even more vivid and user-friendly.

Read this blog post to know which settings make the customizations of the NAV data table also work in the VJS.

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Speed up Project Planning With the VJS: Start From a Dynamics NAV Page

Posted by Frank Köhnen on Mar 9, 2016 4:51:00 PM

Microsoft Dynamics NAV project planning is your day-to-day business? Moreover, you enjoy working with the the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), the Gantt chart add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV, since it lets you visualize your jobs, job tasks, job planning lines and resources in a straightforward and uncomplicated manner? Then you'd surely love to see how you can use the VJS in an even more effective and practical way.

Read this blog post to learn how to directly start the VJS from a NAV page already containing specific filters or jobs. This way, you can bypass the filter request page popping up when starting the VJS the usual way, saving you from re-entering the filter settings you have already made. This should enable your users to start the VJS with data that is meaningful for the task they currently work on.

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Valuable Support For Realistic, Yet Hands-on Project Planning in NAV

Posted by Frank Köhnen on Feb 23, 2016 2:30:00 PM

Do you use Microsoft Dynamics NAV for jobs and resource planning? If so, are you familiar with the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), the Gantt chart add-in for Microsoft Dynamics NAV project planning? Have you already seen the VJS in action and how it offers hands-on and intuitive visual scheduling support even in a complex environment? Nevertheless, you experienced some downsides resulting from the very specific Microsoft Dynamics NAV data model and hence could do with some additional valuable insights ?

If so, enjoy this blog post which provides you with information of how to effectively use the Visual Jobs Scheduler to plan your projects like YOU think of them rather than like the Dynamics NAV data model "forces" you to think about them. This will especially help you at an early stage of project planning where mostly only a rough overview is needed, and where you cannot afford to spend too much effort on manual data entries.

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Gantt Best Practice: How To Use The Timescale As Scrollbar

Posted by Frank Köhnen on Feb 18, 2015 2:00:00 PM

If you have a timescale in a Gantt chart spanning several years, but still want to be able to see every single day or even the hours in a day, you will soon find that the horizontal scrollbar becomes very sensitive. The smallest movement leads the timescale to shift several days into one or the other direction, even if smaller intervals are required as you look for a specific date and time. This behaviour can result in some unwanted user experiences for the planner working with your scheduling application.

This blog post belongs to a series of Gantt best practices that we regularly publish relating to our Gantt control VARCHART XGantt. This trick describes how to extend the mouse functionality to also use the timescale as scrollbar.

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Tips & Tricks: How to Extend Node Sorting Criteria in VARCHART XGantt

Posted by Frank Köhnen on May 21, 2014 8:40:00 AM

Assume you want to visualize a list of tasks in a Gantt chart. In addition you need to sort these tasks in descending order to get a better overview of what task you should work on next. Typically, VARCHART XGantt supports up to 3 criteria to sort tasks. With this blog post from our VARCHART XGantt tips & tricks series we show you an approach how to expand these number of criteria.

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