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Exploring the Usage Views

Usage views are views that have a table (sheet) on the left side of the screen and a timescaled grid on the right side. This timescaled grid can contain a number of fields, such as Work, Actual Work, Cost, and so on that will all be broken down across time. This way, you do not have to rely just on the fact that Task X cost $500 total. You can see how much of the $500 fell into each week of the task's duration. These views are a very important tool for the project manager, as they give him the ability to view detailed data about how data is lining up across time. There are two basic types of Usage views: Task Usage and Resource Usage.

Working with the Task Usage View

In a Task Usage view, the names of the tasks are at the top of the hierarchy.

Reading across to the right, you can see the task data. In the example, you can see that the task named Develop Application will cost $6,200 per week and require 80 hours of work per week.

Indented beneath the task names are the names of the resources assigned to do the work on that task. Develop Application has two resources assigned.

If you read across, you can see the Work and Cost data for each of the two resources and how they roll up to the Work and Cost data for the task.

You can adjust the timescale to fit your viewing needs. Here we have changed the timescale from Weeks to Days.

Project has taken the $6,200 per week figure and broken it down into the five working days in the week and shows it as $1,240 per day. Using these features, a project manager can get precise data about a project.


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