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Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore

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Obtaining Progress and Cost Data

Once you've chosen your preferred progress tracking approach, the battle has only begun. In this section, you learn ways to obtain the progress information you need without pulling team members' teeth. You also learn about Project views that help you ask the right questions and get the most complete progress information.

Although you're never locked into one progress tracking method, it's a good idea to pick one that you'll use most of the time. That way, you and your team members don't have to think about what information to collect or what to do with it.

Figure 14-1. Although you're never locked into one progress tracking method, it's a good idea to pick one that you'll use most of the time. That way, you and your team members don't have to think about what information to collect or what to do with it.

Collecting Task Progress from Your Team Members

You can get most progress information from your team members, although it's not always as easy as it sounds. This section describes some of the best methods for extracting reliable and consistent information from resources.

Note

If your organization uses Project Professional with Project Server, then team members can submit their progress information through the Project Web Access interface. The data is automatically available for you to review and incorporate into your project plan.

The best place to be to record progress information is at your computer with the Resource Usage view applied in Project. By applying the Should Start/Finish By filter using the start and finish dates of the reporting period, you can see the tasks you need to update. ...

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