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Checking the plan’s duration, cost, and work
For many projects, the answers to these questions are likely to change as time passes. For
this reason, it’s a good practice to quickly be able to show current project status. This can
inform you, as the project manager, of the resources performing the work, as well as the
project’s sponsors and other stakeholders.
The scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, you established a weekly status reporting cadence for
those directly working on the new book launch project. In addition, you’ve been asked to
supply monthly updates on a few key indicators of overall project health more broadly to
the organization. You’re ready to explore some of the project status features in Project and
evaluate them for your regular status reporting routine.
In this exercise, you explore various project status-reporting features, including views and
To begin, you will show the Timeline view. On the View tab, in the Split View group,
select the Timeline check box.
As you might recall from Chapter 4, you can see the plan’s start and finish dates at
either end of the timeline. Note the current finish date: 2/24/15.
The timeline does not tell you the plan’s specific duration; however, that’s visible
in the project summary task in the Gantt Chart view. Recall from Chapter 4 that
the project summary task is hidden by default, but you previously displayed it. It is
identified as task 0 at the top of the Entry table in the Gantt Chart view.
If necessary, scroll the Gantt Chart view up so that task 0 Simple Plan is visible.
Note the duration value of the project summary task: 36 days. You can also see the
plan’s start and finish dates here too.
At the start of this chapter, the plan’s duration was 41 days. This shorter duration you
see now is the result of assignment changes you made earlier.