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Can I effectively manage a project involving multiple internal departments?

Yes. Multiple internal departments can collaborate on a single project, sharing a single WBS and CBS.

Yes. Multiple internal departments can collaborate on a single project, sharing a single WBS and CBS. There may however be situations where splitting an engagement into multiple projects inside a project hierarchy makes more sense. Typical drivers towards working with multiple sub-projects in a project hierarchy includes:

  • Each sub-project can be assigned its own financial dimensions enabling department visibility in general ledger
  • Each sub-project has its own budget to which the department can be held accountable
  • Each sub-project has its own Work Breakdown Structure and schedule to which the department can be held accountable
  • Multiple planners can work on the engagement at the same time (one for each WBS)
  • Multiple controllers can work on the engagement at the same time (one for each CBS)
  • Each sub-project can have different contract line types. (E.g. part of the engagement is agreed on a time and material basis, other parts of the engagement is agreed on a fixed price basis.)
  • Each sub-project can be linked to its own department which is required to manage inter-department and inter-company resource loans

Adeaca PBA supports embedding multiple Work Breakdown Structures into a consolidated project schedule and embedding multiple Cost Breakdown Structures into a single consolidated financial view of the entire engagement. Working with a project hierarchy thus provides additional controls and flexibility without compromising on consolidated operational and financial management.

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Henrik Lerkenfeld

Henrik is Adeaca's Head of Product Development. Henrik has deep roots in Microsoft Dynamics, having been part of the original Axapta ecosystem and Microsoft’s team after it was acquired. His knowledge of project industries and his systematic process design approach is a crucial component of Adeaca’s customers' success.