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Chapter 15. Analyzing Progress and Revis... > Reviewing the Current Status of a Pr...

Reviewing the Current Status of a Project

The first level of analysis is to simply review progress vis-à-vis the current schedule and to assess the effects of actual performance on Project's estimated finish date and cost for the project. To do this you can use the Status and Status Indicator fields, or you can use the graphical progress lines to quickly distinguish between the tasks that are on schedule and the tasks that are behind schedule. You can also use reports and views that show how the actual performance has modified the scheduled finish date and cost of the project that was captured in the baseline.

Reviewing Status vis-à-vis the Current Schedule

The first line of defense against having a project finish late is to watch for tasks that are behind schedule. Project 2003 provides two fields that you can add to a table to see instantly whether there are unfinished tasks that are behind schedule. Or you use progress lines in the Gantt Chart view if you prefer to see this information in a graphical display. You can also apply special filters that allow you to focus on just the tasks and assignments that are slipping.


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