Project Kickoff Information (Archive)

Purpose: College Project Managers and SMES can utilize this information to gain a high level understanding of the upcoming project activities.

Audience: Content is specific for Deployment Group 5 and 6 (with samples from DG3 and DG4) but all deployment groups can gain knowledge from the content.

Project Introduction

Project Introduction Information

ctcLink is the implementation of a single, centralized system of online functions to give students, faculty and staff anytime, anywhere access to a modern, efficient way of doing their college business.

ctcLink is about much more than new software. As the current 35-plus-year-old administrative system is replaced, colleges will examine their core business processes and practices to align with the delivered software solution (Oracle PeopleSoft), making for streamlined, standardized practices across the 34-college system. 

  • 35-year-old Legacy system is not sustainable
  • College system needs common suite of online tools and aligned core business processes to:
    • Compete in the educational marketplace
    • Provide modern, on-demand services and online tools students expect  
    • Create more efficiencies system-wide
    • Respond to government regulatory and reporting demands
Deployment Group Timeline
Deployment Group Timeline
Deployment Groups

By the end of 2022, all the colleges and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges agency office in Olympia will implement in groups (formerly referred to as “waves”) ranging from six to nine colleges each.

Deployment groups (DG) were created with an eye toward balancing many factors, including, but not limited to: deployment size, college readiness, colleges’ preference, college type (technical or community college), and whether the summer quarter is the start or the end term (“header ”or “trailer”) for the college’s financial and student calendar. 

DG5 High Level Timeline
DG5 High Level Timeline
Project Governance
Project Governance Framework Image
Organizational Change Management (OCM)
Project Manager Resources
Project Web App (PWA)

Project Web App (PWA) is the ctcLink Project Management Office (PMO) site, a centralized location for ctcLink Project schedules, plans and logs. Content is added and revised as the PWA continues to grow.

Microsoft Project Information

Work Packages

Work Packages


Work Packages and steps

Global Design Adoption

  • Colleges get familiar with global design
  • Precursor to BPFG

Business Process Fit Gap

  • Your completed homework will inform the ctcLink project and functional teams about how to configure


  • Local configuration is based on the homework you turned in


  • ctcLink does its PeopleSoft conversion thing!


Global Design Adoption (GDA)

Global Design Adoption Information


Who should participate?

  • All college SMEs who are going to be engage in Business Process Fit Gap (BPFG) Sessions

What are GDA Canvas Courses?  

  • These courses are self-paced

When does GDA begin for DG6?

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

When should SMEs target completing GDA for DG6?

  • GDA Canvas Courses will remain open and should be completed before the BPFG session begins

When does BPFG begin for DG6?

  • Some pillar-specific sessions are estimated to begin January 2021


  • Canvas courses to review the Global Configuration Framework and understand enterprise processes
  • Self-paced courses intended to educate staff on the global elements within the system in preparation for Business Process Fit/Gap (BPFG) sessions
  • Skills assessments meet prerequisite requirement for BPFG session participation


Self-paced courses that include a combination of overview information, videos, Quick Reference Guides (QRGs) and assessments. Coursework includes:

  • Review of the Global Configuration Framework to help SMEs understand enterprise processes
  • Global elements within PeopleSoft in preparation for Business Process Fit/Gap (BPFG) sessions
  • Skills assessments to meet BPFG session participation prerequisite

The Cross-Pillar GDA course is the prerequisite to all other GDA courses. It is the first step to help you understand what Global Design Adoption (GDA) means and how it relates to the overall framework for Business Process Fit/Gap (BPFG) and conversion activities. Upon completion of the Cross-Pillar GDA course, additional pillar-specific courses will become available. Course completion times vary depending on the number of courses/modules required.

DG5 Kick-Off Presentation DRAFT.pptx [Read-Only] - PowerPoint

Additional available GDA courses:

  • Campus Solutions Global Design Adoption
  • Human Capital Management Global Design Adoption
  • Finance Global Design Adoption
  • Financial Aid Global Design Adoption
  • Student Financials Global Design Adoption

Register for all GDA courses through the online ctcLink Readiness (Initiation Phase) Canvas Registration form.

Global Design Adoption Canvas Course options


Communicate with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who participated in GDA courses

PMs are encouraged to ask SMEs about their GDA learning experience, knowledge gained from the course(s) and how they might apply it to the college’s Change Action Plan to move toward the future state. Your interest in their participation and their ideas for how they will move forward into the next step of project work demonstrates to staff that leaders feel their engagement has value to the college.

GDA course completion is required to prepare college SMEs to attend Business Process Fit/Gap (BPFG) sessions in the future!

Business Process Fit Gap Sessions (BPFG)

Business Process Fit Gap Session Information
Business Process Fit/Gap Presentation


Who should participate?

  • College SMEs and 1-2 back-up SMEs for your college. These SME should have current legacy business process knowledge and have mapped out their current processes and can make configuration decisions. 

What are BPFG Sessions?  

  • These are remote sessions via WebEx. These sessions are facilitated by our functional project team members.

When do BPFG sessions begin for DG6?

  • Some pillar-specific sessions are estimated to begin January 2021.  

When are BPFG scheduled to end for DG6? 

  • For some pillars, sessions will end in May 2021. 

When will the "DG6 ctcLink Project Information" Canvas course (includes BPFG session information) be released to DG6 PMs/SMEs?

  • Early December 2020


  • Increase college SMEs knowledge of PeopleSoft and business processes in PeopleSoft.
  • Build on knowledge of global design learned in Global Design Adoption (GDA) courses.
  • Prepare SMEs for data validation.
  • College SMEs will have a better understanding of the differences between their Legacy business processes and the new business processes in PeopleSoft, and document these changes in Change Action Plans.
  • College SMEs will complete configuration homework assignments which will be used for college’s local configuration.  


Help Us Build Your College’s Configuration!

  • “Homework assignments” range from local functional requirements gathering to detailed configuration
  • These local configuration details are the blueprint to build PeopleSoft
  • Configurations let you to convert Legacy data into PeopleSoft data


Check in with subject matter experts (SMEs) who participated in BPFG Sessions

Ask them to share any “aha” moments from the BPFG session that they want to include to improve your college’s Change Action Plan

  • Your recognition of the importance of incorporating “aha” moments into the college Change Action Plan lends value to that local planning effort

Ask SMEs if they understand their role in the change

  • Your interest in their role in the change shows support for their commitment to making that change successful

Ask your project team if they need your help to close any gaps in their understanding about their role in the change

Data Conversion and Validation

Data Conversion and Validation Information

At a glance, conversion is a repeatable process in each cycle, though some exceptions apply.

Conversion steps from Homework to PM Oversees Work Reports
Pre-Conversion Cycle Work
  • BPFG Session Homework Assignments related to conversion are entered and tested in the system in time for the first major conversion test (Cycle #2).
  • Additional Configurations are entered from BPFG Session Homework Assignments and tested before the next conversion test (Cycle #3).
  • An initial ‘delta’ extract is run in Legacy Production:
    • Provide colleges with a set of Excel files showing the errors written out by the extract programs for records that won’t be picked up in the Extract Files OR will be included the Extract Files, but missing data in certain fields on load into PeopleSoft.
    • Colleges work to “clean up” Legacy Production to avoid extract errors when the conversion test is run using online materials in our ctcLink Reference Center.
Conversion Cycles
Cycle #1  - Bio/Demo Merge
  • Bio/Demo Conversion-Merge (Completed by SBCTC)
Cycle #2 - First Full Conversion
  • PeopleSoft configuration values are cross-walked to their equivalent legacy values to ensure proper conversion.
    • Project runs early extracts and populates our cross-walk tables to identify all legacy values that need to be cross-walked in the weeks leading up to each conversion.
    • Project staff will reach out to colleges for assistance in cross-walking if questions.
  • Colleges provide necessary data files used by the extract programs or as data to load into the system outside of programmatic load processes:
    • CS: Test Scores File, Student Email File, Student Groups File, Academic Standing File, International Student Citizenship File, International Student Birth Country File
    • FIN: Asset Data File, Grants/Project File, 1099 Balance File
    • HCM (Optional): Employee Email/Phone File, Position Description File
  • Project Team Converts the Data:
    • Extracts records from a snapshot copy of legacy data, which colleges can refer to in their ‘C’ accounts.
    • Loads the transformed data in a PeopleSoft Conversion Test environment, which is a snapshot of PS Production.
  • Project Teams Internally Validate the Conversion
    • Identify common errors or unique issues specific to a college.
    • Publish material updates in Canvas (“Known Issues”) and update the online Validation Guides (“Common Issues), as needed in preparation for Validation Workshops with college SMEs.
    • Refresh Conversion Validation & Solution Validation environments.
  • Project Teams Hold Data Validation Workshops
    • Providing guidance to college SMEs on using the materials and executing queries to verify data converted properly in Conversion Validation environment.
  • Report Issues & Completion in Oracle Test Manager
    • Clean up legacy data identified as source of conversion issue before next snapshot.
    • PMs report completion of validation activities as ‘Passes’ in OTM.
Cycles #3 and #4 - Rinse and Repeat

"Rinse and Repeat" except:

  • Conversion Cycle #3 – Establish Course ID
    • Begin Dual Maintenance of Course Data in PS Production
    • Clean up activities in Pre-Production means Course Validation in the Conversion Validation Environment is not required.
    • SF converted terms only, not inclusive of ‘Go-Live’ term activities.
  • Conversion Cycle #4 – PS Courses, Permanent EMPLIDs
    • Cleaned Course Data in PS Production used for conversion.
    • Permanent EMPLIDs pushed to PS Production BEFORE conversion so UAT and Security will use those EMPLIDs.
    • Final work in Solution Validation (SVX) environment will be on the user’s Permanent EMPLID as colleges ready themselves for move to Production Deployment.
Transition Phase Example
Cycle #5 - Dry Run of Cutover
  • Project Team practices deployment of colleges in near real time.
  • Final refinement of College Go-Live Validation materials.
  • True exercise of SF Go-Live Term conversion with Go-Live Term classes built in PS Production to support a clean enrollment conversion and Customer Account charge/payment application.
  • College SME Go-Live Validation ‘Practice’ opportunity:
    • 3-4 hour validation activity over the cutover weekend
    • Soft Start activities in the first days of using PeopleSoft
    • Verification of Security access migration.
    • Last chance for minor adjustments to Security in the Solution Validation environment prior to migration.
What Are We Converting for DG6?
FMS to Finance (FSCM)
  • Via “Extract” and “Load” Programs
    • General Ledger Data (no error logs)
      • * Opening Balances and Current FY Details
    • Accounts Receivable Open Invoices
  • Via Excel File Based Conversion (no error logs)
    • Asset Data
    • Grants and Non Grant Projects
    • 1099-M Balances
FMS to Campus Solutions (CS)
  • Via “Extract” and “Load” Programs (no error log on load)
    • Customer Account Details
      • Open and Paid Charges
      • Charge Payments (Includes FA)
      • Refunds/Financial Aid Balance Checks
      • Student Waivers
    • Historical Unpaid Open Charges
  • Via Excel File-Based Conversion (no error logs)
    • Go-Live Term Miscellaneous Charges and Waivers
SMS to Campus Solutions (CS)
  • Via “Extract” and “Load” Programs
    • Student Bio/Demo
    • Program Plan Stack (EPC)
    • Residency
    • Test Scores
    • Course Catalog*
    • Class Schedule*
    • Hand-Entered Classes from Transcripts
    • Enrollment
    • Academic Standing
    • Academic Degrees
    • Degree Honors
    • Transcripts
    • Transcript Text
    • Transfer Credits
    • Student Groups (FB)
    • Service Indicators
      • Legacy Unusual Action Codes
FAM to Campus Solutions (CS)
  • Via “Extract” and “Load” Programs
    • Student Bio/Demo
    • Student Academic Progress
PPMS to Human Capital Management (HCM)
  • Via “Extract” and “Load” Programs
    • Employee Bio/Demo
    • Emergency Contacts
    • Accommodations/Disability
    • Employee Degree Data
    • Position Data
    • Job Codes
    • Employment (Job) Data
    • Leave Balances
    • Pre-Pay Balances
    • Direct Deposit Data
    • Balance Conversions (Earnings, Garnishments, Deductions, Taxes)
    • Salary Administration Plans
    • W4 Tax Data
    • Benefit Participant Data
    • Employee Citizenship/Visa
  • Via HCA Interface Program
    • Dependent Beneficiary
  • Opening Balance from Current Fiscal Year
  • Current Fiscal Year Detail in General Ledger
  • Applied for Admissions within two (2) years of Go Live Term
  • Enrolled in a Class within 6 years of Go Live Term

Customer Accounts (SF)

  • Winter Go Live: Current Financial Aid Award Year Term Details
  • Active Job Record in Current Calendar Year of Go Live
  • Terminated Job Record Paid in Current Calendar Year of Go Live
  • Payroll History for Two (2) Years Prior to Current Calendar Year of Go Live
Conversion Recap

College Prep

  • Conversion Workshops
  • Crosswalks, data validation
  • Tracking/reporting issues in Oracle Test Manager (OTM)
  • Open Webex follow-up sessions facilitated by
  • ctcLink functional team members


  • Change action planning
  • Level of involvement increases
  • Building block of learning
PM Role in Validation Sucess
  • Prepare SMEs for Validation In Advance:
    • Encourage previews of Validation Guides before Validation workshops to come prepared with questions.
    • Encourage SMEs/Leads to Spread the Love (load).
  • Help SMEs Manage Validation Minimums:
    • Limit the page by page review in the system to a number of records for understanding PeopleSoft.
    • Utilize the offered queries, reports, worksheets for economy of scale to expedite the work
    • Talk with you IR or IT departments to see if other technical tools can be prepared in advance of the workshops based on Validation Guide information.
  • Check In Daily:
    • SMEs will put off the work and be overwhelmed if they delay getting into the activity.
    • Encourage SMEs to report discoveries from Data Validation into the Change Action Plan?


Security Information


PS Security displays User ID, Roles and Permissions


Legacy to PeopleSoft Mapping

  • Use Security Guides and DG3 Security Trainings listed below

Job Role to New Security Z Role Mapping

  • Assigned presumptive roles based on
  • Job
  • Department
  • Supervisory responsibility
  • Review by Department Security Approvers
  • Add missing roles
  • Remove incorrect access
Security Glossary of Terms
HCM - PS Security Re-Design

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

User Acceptance Testing (UAT)


Scope to be refined during FIT/GAP sessions

Self-paced training courses will be delivered prior to UAT to ensure knowledgeable testers

New UAT test documentation format

  • UAT Articles in ctcLink Reference Center
  • Links to flow diagrams and Quick Reference Guides arranged by business process
  • Includes information on data scenarios, error conditions and security
  • Linked to next step in the end-to-end business flow
  • No Excel spreadsheets or “staged” data.

Will require departments involved in the end-to-end business flow to coordinate and plan their tests.

Tracking of test defects/success status in OTM and supported by QA Team.


Legacy Clean Up

Legacy Clean Up
Legacy Clean Up Information Flow

Extract Error Logs (Raw Data Files)

Notepad Documents showing what the COBOL extract programs write out as ‘errors’. Essentially, this is what either:

  • Won't extract.
  • Will extract, but will leave some data blank in PeopleSoft.

Extract Error Logs (Raw Data Files are converted to Excel Files for college use)

The excel files contain all data elements that will not convert to PeopleSoft correctly.Essentially, this is data that:

  • Will prevent a record from converting to PeopleSoft.
  • Will leave some data elements blank in PeopleSoft.

Most of the information in these files contains incorrect data. While Legacy may have "allowed" this incorrect data to be stored in a data element, PeopleSoft will not allow data which is outside of a specified range. Correcting this data in Legacy ensures that you have accurate information in Legacy for historical purposes, and accurate information converts to PeopleSoft.

Data Validation Guides (Word Document)

Written explanation for:

  • What you have to look at in PeopleSoft.
  • Conversion Background: What pool of data is extracted?
  • Data Source: Where the data came from on the legacy screens.
  • What the known issues the project team found in the converted data.[Stays in Canvas]
  • How to get into the two snapshots of data (legacy & PS).
  • Common Issues [NEW]
    • Bad legacy data
    • Bad cross-walk
    • Missing/Incorrect Config.
  • Minimum validation thresholds.

How do I fix it on the legacy screen without messing up any legacy reporting or processing?

Legacy Data Cleanup Guides (Word Document)

Written explanation in the ctcLink Reference Center of how to cleanup legacy data errors. These guides provide a list of errors, Legacy screen where the data element can be cleaned up, and information on how to resolve errors noted in the Extract Error Logs.

These links will redirect you to the DG4 Project Information Canvas course.

Working on a plan to make these available in the Reference Center as “interlinked” guides. As the gap is filled, link to relevant QRGs for legacy cleanup. Guides linked in Canvas to Reference Center.


  1. Delta Extract Run in Legacy Production: Intended for project team to get an early indication of new legacy values to configuration for in PeopleSoft. May result in college SME outreach from project staff.
  2. Delta Extract Run in Legacy Production + College Legacy Data Cleanup Files: Intended for project team to get an early indication of new legacy values to configuration for in PeopleSoft. May result in college SME outreach from project staff. AND Alert for colleges for data that will not properly extract to allow time to clean up legacy data prior to the snapshot.
  3. Delta Extract Run in Legacy Production: Intended for project team to get an early indication of new legacy values to configuration for in PeopleSoft. May result in college SME outreach from project staff.
  4. Conversion Test Extract Run in Legacy Snapshot: Intended for project team to perform test conversion. May result in college SME outreach from project staff. Will result in colleges participating in data validation activities in PeopleSoft.


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