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November 13 2018
2018 has been a busy year but we've been making some serious ground on our research project looking at the impact of a low cost earned value management system.   Project...
October 10 2018
Industry fails to learn its lesson The definition of insanity, as Albert Einstein once put it, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different...
October 10 2018
Following the AIPM National Conference held in Sydney last month, our Managing Director Matt reflects on the state of the Project Management profession. The 2018...
September 24 2018
As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. This is particularly true when it comes to investing in project management software. However, hefty...

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2018 has been a busy year but we've been making some serious ground on our research project looking at the impact of a low cost earned value management system.

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There's no doubt that Deltek Cobra is a very good cost management tool for projects, but for new users there are lots of hidden features which make the product incredibly flexible and scalable for different organisations.

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Industry fails to learn its lesson

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Following the AIPM National Conference held in Sydney last month, our Managing Director Matt reflects on the state of the Project Management profession.

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When you are finalising a schedule there are many options available that enable a user of Microsoft Project  to detect activities that are missing successors. The problem is that in Microsoft Project we dont have the ability to set a bar style based on a filter. So we need to derive a cheeky macro to help flag tasks that are non-compliant with best practice.

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When you are finalising a schedule there are many options available that enable a user of Primavera P6  to detect activities that are missing successors.

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Make your Primavera schedules stand out with this handy colour scheme tip!

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As the old saying goes, you have to spend money to make money. This is particularly true when it comes to investing in project management software.

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We sat down with our scheduler Irene Ling to learn about her experiences with our company having relocated from Malaysia.

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Planning for a business expansion? Often this will involve a steep learning curve when it comes to the new risks, costs and resources involved.

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In this more advanced 'how-to' we are going to show you how to create a standalone database for Deltek Cobra. In this scenario we have already defined a data source that is connected to another database server. We are going to define a new data source that points to a local database server.

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Every project is unique with its own set of contractual requirements, and each carries with it a definitive scope and objectives.

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If you fail to regularly update your project schedule, it's not worth the software it's written on!

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Shutdowns are a risky business. It means essentially switching off business as usual industrial operations until planned maintenance has been completed, and any delays can end up costing millions of dollars.

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In our previous article on capturing phase-gate budgets we outlined how simple it is to capture the agreed baseline time-phased budget using a different cost class. This particular approach is a good and simplified way for smaller projects and organisations to implement baseline change control without increasing the amount of effort required to keep track of the baseline and its changes.

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In our previous post we looked at bringing your project's budget into Cobra based on a pre-defined control account and work package structure. What might surprise new users of this software is that you can copy the Budget into another cost class for reference later on.

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Yesterday our Managing Director, Matt Betros, had the pleasure of presenting GBA's experience to the students of Torrens University. As part of the presentation on Enterprise Environmental Factors and Impact Analysis Matt provided a demonstration on the real-world application of risk identification and the development of an impacted risk plan using Primavera Risk Analysis, PRA (formally Pertmaster).

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One of the great things about the latest major version of Primavera P6 is how users can harness the simplistic power of the SQLite database platform. SQLite is a self-contained serverless database engine and was introduced as a database option in P6 8.4. It is truly the perfect database solution for the single user of P6 who doesn’t need the major overhead of a fully-fledged database platform.

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This time-saving tip will help you define a Microsoft Project filter which takes a simple prompt for a date, rather than having to redefine the filter all the time.

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On today’s rambling about Deltek Cobra we're going to follow on from our previous article on setting up control accounts and work packages and focus on budget imports. We're going to use our same simple example project of course and showcase the relative ease at which this product can handle things.

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“If you rely on software alone, chances are your project will fail.”

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The concept of Earned Value Management can be daunting for new starters and certainly for new users of Deltek Cobra, getting your head around the setup of a new project can be tedious and frustrating. So we've compiled this short article to help other new starters get up to speed quickly on what is a pretty simple, yet powerful cost management tool.

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For most people learning Deltek Cobra for the first time theres a lot to learn to get up to speed. Luckily the new version of Cobra helps novice users get up and running quickly through the numerous enhancements made to the user interface and functionality.

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We've certainly been busy here at GBA Projects but we've found enough time to take the new and improved Deltek Cobra 8.2 out for a spin. The third community update has been released and we thought we'd put it through its paces.

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Deltek's major revision of its EVM system, Cobra, has certainly caught a lot of attention especially with its new features and new look user interface. As you can see the new ribbon makes things a lot simpler for first time users.

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Since 1986, Greg Betros has held the position of Managing Director at GBA Projects. For 31 years under Greg's watch, the company has continued to deliver new success stories with over 750 projects delivered globally. The company now employs 20 people in three states - the largest it has been in its 31 year history.

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The devastation of the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal left almost 9000 people deceased and many left homeless. Nick Abraham, a cousin of the Betros Family, was a 20 year old carpenter travelling Australia when he befriended some Nepali whilst working in Darwin.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2016 - 30 Years of Success

On the 22nd of August 1986, G. G. Betros & Associates was born and 2012 saw it’s rebranding to GBA Projects. Today marks the 30th birthday for a company whose humble beginnings started in the family home in Coromandel Valley, Adelaide.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2015 - Award Winning

2015 was a jaw dropping year for markets and investors and it had a major impact on businesses all over the world. Our small business was not exempt from the dramas unfolding within a tumultuous economy. The up-and-down turbulence within the chinese economy had great impacts on the mining sector and the wide spread over production of oil meant a sharp down turn on oil prices.

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30 Years in 30 Weeks: 2014 - The New Royal Adelaide Hospital

As I walked to work this morning I noticed my iPhone had gone crazy with LinkedIn notifications. Apparently it was my 13th anniversary, that is 13 years at GBA Projects. And then, just this afternoon following a meeting regarding the New Royal Adelaide Hospital my phone buzzed at me to write this weeks 30 years in 30 weeks article.

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