This blog is basically written for construction business, but we can use Jobs for all project oriented businesses. For this reason, I will make the post series about jobs in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013. I will use construction examples in the spirit of blog name :), but you can use yourself examples as well.

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, several enhancements have been added to jobs and project management features. Tracking work in process (WIP) is a critical aspect of jobs and project management. To make monitoring this process easier and to improve the interaction with financial reporting, Microsoft Dynamics NAV has the following enhancements:

  • You can create and define a job WIP method, to supplement the five system-defined choices.
  • Jobs setup has been expanded to include options to control the treatment of WIP in all jobs. For example, you can specify that a WIP method that you have defined be the default for your organization.
  • Users can now track and perform WIP calculations in a new location. From here, you can calculate and post WIP to the general ledger and show any warnings if there are problems with a WIP calculation. For more information, see Job WIP Cockpit on my previous blog post.

There is improved alignment in how jobs track usage and consumption related to jobs. This makes it makes it easier for a project manager to have accurate insight into what work remains to be done to complete a job. A key update is adding a field that indicates whether you want to create and maintain a relationship in usage between job planning lines and the job ledger.

In Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013, enhancements have been added to resource management features, as well. Time sheets in Microsoft Dynamics NAV manage time collection in weekly increments of seven days. You use them to track the time that is used on a job. In addition, you can use them to record simple resource time registration. In earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, you could collect and post this information in journals, which you can still do, but the addition of time sheets makes it easier and simpler to collect this basic information. Resource managers and project managers can review and approve time allocation using time sheets and then follow up with posting with journals. In addition, you can expose your time sheets to users who work with Microsoft Dynamics NAV through SharePoint.

Now, on Demand Overview, system will check Item Availability for a Jobs also. Further, there will be occasions in which you want to make sure that an item you want for a job is available. You can reserve the item, and designate it for your job on the related job planning line.

Sources: myself testing and MSDN