Difference Between Task & Timesheet RRS feed

  • Question

  • How can I distinguished Task & Timesheet of Project Server 2013?

    Whats their Pros & Cons?


    Noman Sohail

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 9:47 AM

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  • Do you talk about the "tasks" and "timesheet" item in the quick launch menu?

    Basically, task and timesheet pages will be prepopulated (assuming you configured them in this way) with the resource assignments. It allows the resource seeing his assignments and updating the assignment progress, submitting it to the project manager who can accept/reject the update. This will update the project plan upon validation. Note that the timesheet page shows assignments per period on the contrary to the task page which shows the entire assignments. 

    The main difference is that the timesheet also proposes administrative activities, meaning non project activities, if you need/want to track them in addition to project assignments. 

    Since PS2010, the SEM (single entry mode) made 1 process of the task update and timesheet process. Thus in this case you use either task or timesheet page, but not both at the same time, since the timesheet page also supports the task updates. Note also that the timesheet page can be used only for tracking non project activities, as per this excellent blog post from Prasanna.

    Hope this helps,

    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, MCC |

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 10:22 AM
  • In addition to what Guillaume mentioned another scenario may be a billing/work tracking scenario.

    Let's say you are on a project that can only bill 40 hours per week max but you want to track the real work that is being performed on that project. You can fill out your timesheet for 40 hours but populate the tasks for the actual work performed.

    Tasks also automatically update the project plan approved by the assignment owner (usually the Project Manager) whereas Timesheets can be approved by the timesheet manager separately.

    In single entry mode this can all be combined.

    Stephen T. O'Connor Jr., PMP

    Tuesday, May 3, 2016 12:44 PM