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Chapter 14. Tracking Work on a Project > Tracking a Project's Performance and C...

Tracking a Project's Performance and Costs

To track progress on tasks in a project, you need to get periodic feedback from resources about their progress and then enter that information into the project plan. Microsoft Project can help you get feedback from resources by automatically requesting that they send you progress updates, using either Project Server or regular email. With both of these options, the resource receives a timesheet-like form that he or she fills out and submits to you. Then you review the entries and, if they are satisfactory, you update the project plan automatically with the resource's responses. If you don't use Project Server or email to gather progress information, you need to determine progress manually and manually enter the progress information into the plan.

Before choosing the method you will use for tracking, you should understand what tracking information can be gathered and how Project uses that information. You will then be in a better position to decide which method to use.


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