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Task Updates and Timesheets RRS feed

  • Question

  • Our company is switching to Project Server 2010. They do not want to use the software for keep track of hours being billed to the customer. They do however, want to keep track of hours so they can allocate resources across a couple of projects.  I was keeping the plan updated for the team, but we are trying to use the system as intended so we now have them updating their tasks. This has put an administrative burden on those that are already spread too thin. So my question...... Is there any benifit to using the Task Update/Timesheet features vs. me entering the updates (% complete, Start/Finish date, etc...) for the team.
    Monday, July 2, 2012 1:50 PM

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  • Absolutely!

    One of the key advantages of using project Server is so that the Project Managers do not have to chase people asking for updates and then update the project plans. Using Timesheets/Task Updates puts the responsibility on the team members who are completing these tasks, and also provides more accurate information, while reducing the Administrative burden on the PMs.

    Also, You do not have to use BOTH time sheets and Task Updates. If your intention is only to capture "project" related hours, then Task Updates are fine. Timesheets allow capture of  even the non-project time like Vacation, admin etc.,

    Please see this link as to how timesheets help in this regard: http://www.epmarchitects.com/understanding-how-planned-non-working-time-works-project-server-2010

    And finally, you will have to choose a method of tracking when you set this up. Here is a good explanation of various tracking methods:

    http://khurramjamshed.blogspot.com/2011/02/project-server-project-progress.html

    Hope this helps!


    Prasanna Adavi, PMP, MCTS http://thinkepm.blogspot.com

    • Proposed as answer by Laksh Rao Tuesday, July 3, 2012 7:34 PM
    Monday, July 2, 2012 2:07 PM
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