there are some fields in MS PROJECT 2016, which are very useful but not so often used. One of them is Status indicator. What does it work? I will explain it in a simple example. First I will create simple Project with three Tasks:
Notice that Project Start Date is 06.02.2017. And Actual date (e.g. Current date) in my example is 07.02.2017:
Now, I will add two fields in the Gant View: Status and Stratus Indicator.
Before I explain Status Indicator field, I will change Current date to Wednesday, 08.02.2017, and I will make Task 1 100% Completed. So, I will get:
So, Status can be: On Schedule, Late, Future Task, or Complete. I do not have to explain what each of them mean. Status Indicator is graphical representation of Status filed, and it can be:
- If Status is Complete, Status Indicator = check mark
- If Status is Future Task, Status Indicator = blank
- If Status is On schedule, Status Indicator = clock with a check mark
- If Status is Late, Status Indicator = clock with an exclamation point.
So use those fields because they are showing you status of your Tasks/Project in a simple way.
About Nenad Trajkovski
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Occupation: Project Manager
Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT
He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
Once again great tips Nenad… But why do I get inactive tasks (zero work & durations) shown as ‘behind schedule’?
If they are acitve, and they will be behind the schedule, then this is their status even if they are inactive. This is by design!