Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You can probably get information about fixed costs that have been incurred if
you ask your accounting department for it, or by getting a copy of a purchase
order or receipt from the human who spent the money.
Consider a third-party add-on product such as Timesheet Professional
(http://timesheetprofessional.com) for reporting resource activity.
You make Timesheet available to every resource on the project. The
resources record their work time on it, and you can use Timesheet’s tools to
automatically update your project. If you’re using Project Professional
edition, Timesheet’s features are incorporated into Project Web Access.
Where Does All This Information Go?
After you gather information about task progress, fixed costs, and resource
hours, you can input that information in several ways. You can use various
views and tables to enter information in sheets of data; you can input
information in the Task Information dialog box; or you can use the Tracking
toolbar.
Doing things with the Tracking toolbar
Sometimes it seems like Microsoft provides a toolbar for everything, so why
should tracking be any different? You can use the Tracking toolbar to perform
updates on selected tasks in any sheet view. Figure 13-1 shows the Tracking
toolbar and the tools it has to offer.
Figure 13-1:
Select a
task and
click one of
these tools
to update it.
The Tracking toolbar allows you to open the Project Statistics dialog box or
display the Collaborate toolbar. (The tools on the Collaborate toolbar only
become available to you if your organization has implemented Project
Server.) You can use other tools to make specific updates to selected tasks:
Selecting a task and clicking the Update as Scheduled tool automatically
records activity to date as you anticipated in your baseline.
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