The Project Schedule offers a Gantt-style overview of your Project's Milestones and Tasks, allowing you to quickly and visually track your Project's progress.
Using this guide, you can:
Accelo's predictive scheduling tool uses five different dates to track and schedule your projects in real-time. Those dates are:
Project delivery is often a team sport, and it often doesn't make sense to look only at the whole project to understand who is responsible for it being ahead or behind schedule. Especially in the case of upstream delays, it isn't fair to a team member whose work is done later to be blamed for delays caused by upstream work which they're not responsible for. To better track these situations, Target Dates track the date when work could reasonably be started or completed based on the original Planned Date and dependencies. If a dependency causes work to be delayed or start early, the Target Dates will reflect the date when dependencies would allow that work to first begin. For example, if a dependency pushed a Task back by two weeks, then the Target Dates would be two weeks later than the Planned Dates.
One of the philosophical tenets of Accelo is that the people actually doing the work are in the best position to know the reality on the ground. User Estimated dates allows your team members to update their Tasks with the dates which they expect work to actually begin or end, not simply based on pre-set dependencies or Planned Dates. These dates will also update your team's schedule, re-allocating budgeted time based on the available dates. User Estimated dates can be controlled and disabled by the Project's Level of Editing
The Project Schedule offers a quick and visual tool for staying on top of these complex schedules by incorporating these dates for a comprehensive overview of your Project's schedule. To do that, each line of the schedule includes the time frame which that work is expected to occur, offering insight into where potential scheduling issues may occur.
Each date is shown using a special format:
The Gantt also uses color coding to identify whether these dates are behind or ahead of schedule:
For more information on how these dates are used to schedule your team, check out Dynamic Scheduling.
To help simplify your complex projects, and focus on specific details and work, the Schedule offers several filters:
When viewing or editing Tasks within a project, you may notice some tasks display Boundary Dates, meaning the Task Start Date and Task End Date must fall within these boundary dates.
Typically these are the Planned dates of the parent object (usually a milestone, but possibly the project itself) but if a Deadline date has been set then this will be used rather than the Planned Due date.
The consequence is that users wanting to move tasks around will be limited to these boundary dates. If the tasks really should be moved, then it's better to update this in the project plan so that the flow-on effects can be fully realized according to the project dependencies, etc.