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Chapter 8: Tracking progress
Project supports several ways to track progress. Your choice of a tracking method should
depend on the level of detail or control required by you, your project sponsor, and other
stakeholders. Tracking the fine details of a project requires additional work from you and,
possibly, from the resources working on the project. Therefore, before you begin tracking
progress, you should determine the level of detail you need.
The different levels of tracking detail include the following:
▪ Record project work as scheduled. This level works best if everything in the project
occurs exactly as planned.
▪ Record each task’s percentage of completion, either at precise values or at preset
increments such as 25, 50, 75, or 100 percent.
▪ Record the actual start date, actual finish date, actual work, and actual and remaining
duration for each task or assignment.
▪ Track assignment-level work by time period. This is the most detailed level of tracking.
Here, you record actual work values per day, week, or other interval.
Because different portions of a project might have different tracking needs, you might need
to apply a combination of these approaches within a single plan. For example, you might
want to track high-risk tasks more closely than low-risk ones. In this chapter, you will
perform the first three actions in the preceding list; the fourth (tracking assignment-level work
by time period) is addressed in Chapter 14, “Tracking progress on tasks and assignments.”
PRACTICE FILES Before you can complete the exercises in this chapter, you need to copy
the book’s practice files to your computer. A complete list of practice files is provided in
“Download the practice files” at the beginning of this topic. For each exercise that has a
practice file, simply browse to where you saved the book’s practice file folder.
IMPORTANT If you are running Project Professional with Project Web App/Project Server, take
care not to save any of the practice files you work with in this topic to Project Web App (PWA). For
more information, see Appendix C, “Collaborating: Project, SharePoint, and PWA.”