But sometimes this approach might be fine when the actual work and cost values generated are close enough to your baseline schedule. The project marks the task as 100% complete and updates the Work column to 24 hours (from initial 16 hours).
In the example, a Baseline is saved, because the Baseline does not change and is used as a comparison.
You have several options for the same − An interim plan saves only two kinds of information for each task − Current start dates and Current finish dates. It is visually easy to see how off-track or on-track the project progress is.
This review is utilized to identify areas where additional information and/or adjustments are required.
I will generally utilize the MS Project feature AUTO-FILTER feature to highlight potential project related issues.
During the transition from planning to execution the project manager establishes the progress update processes.
These processes are both formal (e.g., submitting updates through a tool) and informal (e.g., soliciting input in one-on-one meetings).
If all tasks have started and are finished as scheduled, you can record this in the Update Project dialog box. This table includes Work (Scheduled work), Actual, and Remaining columns. In the following example, Task 9’s Actual field is clicked and 24 hours is entered.
Most of the times, a seasoned project manager understands that this isn’t true. For this task, initial scheduled Work was 16 hours, because 24 hours is greater.
In addition, these processes should be timely and consistent.
The updates should be completed the same time/date during the reporting period (day/week).
Team members should KNOW when information is due and when the schedule updates have been completed.
Based upon the organization and work environment, the project manager either establishes formal or informal processes and tools to collect progress updates.
Once your project plan is ready in MS Project, it becomes essential for a project manager to measure the actuals (in terms of work completed, resources used and costs incurred) and to revise and change information about tasks and resources due to any changes to the plans.