It can be quickly and easily determined if a project may face delays. Thumbnails for SmartTasks that are late turn red and are surrounded by a red box. Tasks downstream that are forecasted to complete late will be highlighted in red. (See below).
- IIn this example, we see that the QA Payroll Data SmartTask is 3 days late. As a result, the Critical Path Engine has provided alternate dates that reflect this delay. A few things to note:
These red highlighted lines indicate which SmartTasks and dependencies will be delayed because of the initial issue. Above each SmartTask are current dates (red) displayed in tandem with the recalculated dates to completion (purple) if the issue is left unresolved. Any time a project gets off track and dates are impacted, a Timeline Alert appears at the top of the screen.
- Once all issues have been reviewed, alternatives can be investigated, or the current state can be accepted by clicking the Update Timeline button in the Timeline Alert panel.
NOTE: These updates cannot be undone, so confirm that all changes have been reviewed before updating.
- To view the project schedule prior to the Critical Path Engine forecasts, click the button in the Timeline Alert panel. Using this view will allow you to modify the plan and update the timeline with out accepting the Critical Path forecasts. This is helpful when modeling strategies or seeing what happened prior to current delays.
NOTE: These updates cannot be undone, so confirm that all changes have been reviewed before updating the timeline.