Imagine this situation: you have a Task with one Resource, and duration is 5 days. The task is on Track, and it is 50% completed. Suddenly, Resource get sick, and will be able to continue with work after few days. what do you have to do? You can Split Task (I wrote about that), or you can use the Resume Field. I’ll show how to do it in MS PROJECT 2013.
First I’m going to Create new Project with 1 Task:
and I’m going to create one Resource:
Finally I’m going to Assign the Resource to the Task:
I will now add %Completed, and Resume fields in the Gantt Chart View:
As you can see, the Resume Field is NA, and that is because there are no Progress on that Task yet.
I will now Mark a Task as 40% Completed:
The Resume Field is now Wed 07.05.2014. Task is 40% completed, and that means that it was work on him from Monday till Tuesday (8 hours at Monday, and Tuesday, which is 16 hours, and 16 hours is 40% of 40 total 40 hours).
Now Suppose that Resource get sick, and he or she will be back at Monday, 12.05.2014. I will put this date in Resume Field, and I’ll get:
As you can see the Finish Date is Wednesday, 14.05.2014, and Task has a Split!
It is very easy, and very, very visible!