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Want to learn about the Status Date in MS Project? Want to learn how to set Status Date in Project? You are on the right page. In this article i will tell you what status date is in MS Project, why you need it and how to use it.
What is Status Date in Microsoft Office Project?
Now that you have already used different features of MS Project, and also worked with activities, entered costs and resources. It is not time to move from the planning stage to the execution phase. Remember tracking? Baselinig? Yes? I hope you have no confusion on how to create a baseline after adding activities and then saving (creating a baseline).
If you are OK with adding the activities, saving the baseline, you are good to go to learn, and use Status Date in Microsoft Project. So what is Status Date in MS Project?, coming straight to the question. Status Date in MS Project is the date when you get the latest update on the actual progression of the project's activities.
The activity that you planned, and that which has now physically started must be tracked so that we can compare the real results with our plan. And for comparing the real result with your plan, we first need to tell MS Project that results of which date you want to compare your plan with. For example, you will tell MS Project that you want to compare today's activity progression (its final result) with what you planned earlier. So, if you want to compare today's results of your activities, you will set the Status Date to today's date. If you want to compare's some other day's result with you plan, you will set Status Date to that date.
Note: I have used words ""results"", ""actual progression"" above. Here i mean, the actual date, actual cost, actual duration, and all the other actual values of the activity.
Setting And Using Status Date
Now you know what Status Date is, now let us learn how to set Status Date in MS Project, and then how to make use of it:
1. Set Status date.
First of all, we will set Status Date. Do this by going to the Project Tab and click on Status Date. Now you can change the Status Date of your project.
Note: The status date will be days ahead of the project start date. It could be the same date, if you want to track status on the same date when the project started. But now you choose a later date.
2. Insert a new column called Status.
3. Double-click on any activity to open the Task Information box (or through other method you are used to), and change the task percentage complete to 50%.
4. Notice what is shown in the Status column for the selected task.
If the task is running according to plan, the Status column will display "On Schedule". If it is not completed enough (e.g it should had been 10% completed everyday to finish in 10 days but it hasn't) the Status column will show "Late". And if you set the status date, which is before the date when the task actual starts, then the Status column will show "Future Task"" in the cell.
Rescheduling After Setting Status Date
Once you have set the Status Date and viewed the activities' status, you should reschedule your plan. Rescheduling is required to adjust the plan according to the activities' status. If an activity is late, MS Project will extend the duration according to the no. of days it is late (by looking at the Status Date). And if the activity is on schedule, MS project will not do anything to it. And of course if the activity is a future task (meaning it hasn't started yet), MS Project will not need to change its duration (plus or minus) also.
A Little Experiment
Now that you know what is Status Date in MS Project, let me just give you a task you can experiment now. Set a status date and make the task late by making very little complete, i.e 5% complete. See that the status column shows "Late". Now click on "Reschedule Work" on the tracking bar, and see that the selected task has moved ahead. It is because MS Project knows the task is progressing slow, and it will be delayed, so it has automatically moved the finish date to a later date.
This was about MS Project Status Date. I hope this article explained "what is Status Date in MS Project", and how to set Status Date in MS Project well.
If you were seeking information on "what is Status Date in MS Project", this article explained that to you. I hope it is now clear to you what is Status Date and how to set Status Date in MS Project.
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Is TV bad for children? Today television has become an essential part of our daily lives. Children are also eager to watch TV when they are free or don't have anything to do. There are a lot of programs that children can watch according to their age, taste or mood such as plays on Disney channel, Cartoons or National Geographic. Today, parents must figure out, is TV good for children under two? Read on for pros and cons of watching TV for the children.
Advantages and Disadvantages of TV
Watching TV has its advantages and disadvantages. According to some Experts, watching of TV especially among children is not good for the health and the mind. On the other hand some argue that TV is not bad for children as it is an effective means which can influence the shaping of the children's future in many parts of the world.
Let's have a look on pros on cons of watching TV. Children imitate the action, the spoken word and/or the personality, therefore watching a lot of television is bad for kids because of the disclosure of violence and unethical activities. TV shows cause children to become abrasive to violence. Another harmful effect of TV is that watching direct TV for many hours affects children's eye-sight as well as it can make them over-weight in early age. To avoid such damages people should use TV guide and follow strictly when instructions given in it, for the health and safety of their children.
Keeps Children Home
Apart from some bad impacts of TV, it is also beneficial in many ways. Instead of playing in streets, your child remains in home and does not involve in bad habits of street crimes. You can keep a close eye on your children. There are many programs on TV channels that are fruitful for personality grooming of children.
Access to TV Media
There are many ways to access TV channels, such as dish TV, satellite TV, Cable network etc. Each has its own specialties; some allow users a variety of channels, some offer high quality channels or some offer both with some other advance features. TV can be accessed via internet. Now you can watch live TV on different websites via internet. There are many of channels available on internet around the world. By watching TV online children can get a lot of information upon worldwide events. In simple words, Online TV is more customized; it is playing great role in making people more informed today.
So, in final words, is watching TV bad for children? In the light of above discussion it can be concluded that it depends upon usage. Children should watch TV but the stuff should be moral and beneficial. Watching too much TV is bad, as excess of anything is bad. There are very few channels available for children under two, therefore parents should restrain them watching TV frequently.
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Advantages of iPad
So you have got a new iPad or planning to get one? It's a good decision! Find out below the many advantages of iPad to you.
The obvious main advantage of Apple iPads is that they are highly portable, which can be carried around anywhere. This makes your office and personal life easier as you can stay in touch with people anywhere you go, without worrying and the hassle of taking desktop or laptop computer with you, which are heavy, takes space, and not always convenient to take with you.
Easy to Fit & Carry
iPad's weight is around 650 grams, and it measures 9.5 (H) x 7.3 (W). It makes the iPad easy to carry with you, in your pocket, your suitcase, your office briefcase, and you can take it with you anywhere you want easily.
It Turns on Quickly
One of the greatest benefits of using an iPad is that, unlike PC or Mac, the Apple iPad turns on almost instantly when you switch it on. So if you've got an email to send, use want to use Facebook, calendar to schedule your tasks, or word processing software or anything, just switch on the iPad and in a couple seconds the iPad is ready to perform your work.
There are tons of home and business applications available from the Apple iTunes store, out of which hundreds of them are available free of cost. You can download games, and applications for business and home use â€“ all are easily downloadable from the iTunes store, with just a few clicks,
One of the main benefits of an iPad is that it allows you to conveniently stay in touch with people through web-mail, social networking websites, forums and through other means that are available to us on laptop/desktop computers.
There are tons of free and non-free apps available to use on an iPad. If you ever need an app that you couldn't find free, you can purchase the app for a very little cost. The iPad apps are available at a very low cost so you can save money while you perform daily-life computing.
Very Easy to Use
An iPad is very easy to use. You don't need anyone to teach you, you don't need to search for help on how to use it, an iPad is very simple to you â€“ anyone can use it with convenience.
Works Just as an eBook Reader
You can do eBook reading on an iPad. Many people say an iPad is more comfortable than Kindle for eBook reading.
Awesome Battery Life
iPads have excellent battery lives. You can work on an iPad, playing games, surfing internet, and more for more than 11 hours - that's awesome!
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Primavera and MS Project Differences
MS Project and Primavera both are reputed software applications for proper project planning, reporting, progress updating and progress monitoring. Both the software are used worldwide and they have their own benefits. There are several differences between MS Project and Primavera P6. The following are the differences between Primavera P6 and Microsoft Project software.
In MS Project only 11 baselines can be created. In Primavera unlimited baselines can be created.
Multiple User Access
MS Project doesn't allow multiple users to work on a single project at the same time, Primavera allows you to do that. In Primavera you can even specify what features of Primavera a particular user can use , and which he can not.
Issues & Risks
MS Project lacks the feature of tracking project issues or risks. In Primavera, we can record issues and risks.
Primavera schedule, documents and other information can be converted to HTML directly from the software. MS Project doesn't have such option.
Steps in Primavera allows you to create sub-activities (steps) of an activity. Each step can have its own start and finish date, and a completed step can be marked as completed. This useful feature is missing in MS Project.
Besides Costs, in Primavera project expenses e.g training, travel, etc can also be added, in MS Project we can not add this information with many properties as we can in P6.
Both MS Project and Primavera allows us to create custom fields. But MS Project even allows us to define complex formulas and assign the values to user-created column.field. In Primavera we can create a blank custom fields, but we can not define formulas as detailed and complex to the columns as we can do in MS Project, so users have to manually enter values in each in the field, for each column.
Primavera P6 has many useful columns. It comes installed with over 250 columns, each giving you different information. Some column category to name include EVM, Budgeting, Costs, variances, dates etc. On the other hand in MS Project, there are only around 30 columns, giving the user with much less information about the project that we can view in Primavera.
Customized Project and resource calendars can be created in both MS Project and Primavera. But perhaps Calendars is the only feature in MS Project that is much better in MS Project as we can create different types of work day or non-work day recurrence patterns. Furthermore, we can also define range for the recurrence pattern to fall between. These easy and much demanded options are not available in Primavera, however these can still be done in Primavera manually, which is time consuming.
Multiple Activity Relationships
In Primavera P6, more than one type of relationship can be established between activities e.g we can have FF and SS between the same two activities. In MS Project only one relationship can be made between two activities.
The Primavera P6 software can create a comprehensive website comprising of complete project details including activities, resources, reports, risks, issues, WBS, and everything that has been entered in the software. This website is very valuable feature and is not present in MS Project.
Multiple Project Creation, View and Tracking
In Primavera multiple projects can be created and viewed. This can be done in MS Project too but since MS Project is not intended for multiple project use, it doesn't allow us to do things like we can do in Primavera like multiple project tracking, multiple project or WBS comparisons, cost and units calculations.
There are many more minor differences between Primavera P6 and and MS Project but above list is of major and prominent differences between the two software.
In Primavera P6 WBS is created separately from activities. Once WBS has been created, then we can add activities with each WBS element. Whereas in MS Project, activities are indented to make them look like WBS. The separate creation of WBS in P6 allows in-depth specification of WBS elements, with as much detail as possible, and with ease.
In Primavera, comprehensive reports can be created. In MS Project, reports can not be customized to display everything you want in the reports. However, MS Project allows us to create graphical reports and customize the graphics but this can not be done in Primavera. Primavera can show some graphics like Gantt Chart, Histograms and Spreadsheets but we can not customize their looks and the current graphics displays are not prominent enough.
Which one You Should Learn?
If you are heavily involved in a project or multiple projects, and you are requiring to computerize every detail of your project, you should go for Primavera P6. Or if you are working on a single project that doesn't require you record details other than activity schedule, resource list, and assignment details, use MS Project as it is simpler.
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