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Chapter 11. Tracking Progress on Your Project > Understanding Progress Lines

Understanding Progress Lines

Progress lines allow you to visually track the tasks that have either not started by the status date or have not had their status updated up to the status date. The figure here shows a project with a progress line displayed. The project status date is set to March 24. Tasks will all have a shape drawn over them representing the date up to which the task has been updated with status information.

The red line represents the current status date for the project. This is the date up to which status information has been received and updated by the project manager.

Task 1 has a shape over it that is directly lined up with the red vertical line. This means that its progress brings the work done on the task right up to the status date.

Task 2 has some progress on it, but it only brings the status up to the end of Monday. It has a shape on it that shows where on the span of the task its status information has been updated. You can see that the red vertical line showing the status date goes sharply to the left for this task. These sharp deviations from the vertical show which tasks are up to the status date.

Task 4 has not started, so its progress line shape is over the task's start date.


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