Help for MyCorbu Architectural Bookkeeping
What are historical data
Historical Data are any time records that happened in the past.
This diagram was created with bookkeeping in mind, but you might consider it for time records as well. The image is downloadable as a PDF.
For our purposes when speaking of historical data, the project may still be under way, but you may want to consider time records for closed projects for reference. Each record must contain a Date, Project-Phase, Number of Hours, and a User. Optionally you can enter a Description.
For MyCorbu BASIC there is just one way to add historical data from past work. Manually.
There are three strategies you can follow.
You can also use a hybrid approach. Enter some projects accurately and some projects by summarizing. Perhaps the newest projects are entered accurately and older projects are summarized. Or perhaps other criteria determines which approach is used on which projects.
The benefit of transcribing your historical data is being able to look up these records easily when estimating new work.
Who can enter historical time records
A Level 1 User can add their own historical records. A Level 2 User or above can add records for anyone.
How you enter historical time records
Add historical time records on the Projects Time page using the ADD TIME ENTRY button. When you 'Submit' a record, a link to 'Reload the Form' can be used to easily access the form for entering another record.
When to add historical data
Adding historical time records can be done anytime. The addition of some records will be more urgent than others. The frequency with which you access this historical information should inform your decisions about how much to recreate and when.
The BOOKS version of MyCorbu adds a new dimension to the need for historical data. The strategy is very similar, but refer to the graphic above for some additional considerations.
Keep in mind:
Bookkeeping creates a need for historical data, at least in the short term. Most of that need can be satisfied with a fairly minimal number of entries per project.
Suggested minimal historical records entries:
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