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.