Microsoft Project (2003) Tracking progress
Posted on 2010-11-18
There are countless articles showing how to set a Baseline plan and then using the Tracking Gantt to see how the project is doing. What I'm looking for is something a little bit different.
I have a project planned out and a baseline set. Every week I will ask resources how they're coming along with tasks and I use '% Complete' to track their progress.
So far, everything I'm describing has been tutorialed to death.
Now here's the part I need help with.
Suppose in my plan, Task A had a duration of 1 week and as a result was set to end on December 1.
Today is November 25 and I mark Task A as 100% complete. Task A is now complete ahead of schedule!
Task B is dependent on Task A. So now Task B should be able to start! Task C is dependent on Task B so Task C should also be able to start earlier and so on.
I would like to see a view where the task start and end dates either move forward or back to show me how the project is ahead of schedule or experiencing slippage.
As you consider your answer, please bear in mind that we are not using constraints on dates, just task dependencies. If a task finishes early, the next task can begin right away.