# Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field

The Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field contains the **work** (work: For tasks, the total labor required to complete a task. For assignments, the amount of work to which a resource is assigned. For resources, the total amount of work to which a resource is assigned for all tasks. Work is different from task duration.) that still needs to be completed on a **task** (task: An activity that has a beginning and an end. Project plans are made up of tasks.) or by a **resource** (resources: The people, equipment, and material that are used to complete tasks in a project.) assigned to a task.

There are several categories of Remaining Cumulative Actual Work fields.

Remaining Cumulative Actual Work (task-timephased field)

**How Calculated** The Work field contains the total amount of time scheduled for a task. When you first create a task, the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field is equal to the total work. When you enter percent complete, percent work complete, or actual work information for a task, Project sums this up as the cumulative actual work completed for that task. Project calculates this field as follows:

Remaining Cumulative Actual Work = Total Work – Cumulative Actual Work.

**Best Uses** Add the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field to the timephased (timephased: Task, resource, or assignment information that is distributed over time. You can review timephased information in any available time period in the fields on the right side of the Task Usage and Resource Usage views.) portion of the Task Usage view to review Remaining Cumulative Actual Work information for tasks. You can use this information to review how much work remains to be completed for a task so far.

**Example** The “Write Proposal” task will take 50 hours of total work. Jamie, Sean, and Chris are assigned to the task. Yesterday, they each recorded 8 hours of actual work. Today, they each recorded 2 hours of actual work. The total work required for the task (50 hours) minus the cumulative actual work (30 hours) leaves us with the remaining cumulative actual work of 20 hours. Therefore, the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work for the task is now 20 hours.

Remaining Cumulative Actual Work (resource-timephased field)

**How Calculated** The Work field contains the total amount of time scheduled for a task. When you first assign resources to a task, the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field for each resource is equal to the total work. When you enter percent complete, percent work complete, or actual work for a task, Project sums this up as the cumulative actual work completed for that task. To calculate the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field for a resource, Project subtracts the cumulative actual work from the total work for all tasks that the resource is assigned to. Then, the sum of the remaining cumulative actual work for the tasks is displayed in the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field for that resource. If two resources are assigned to the task, the remaining cumulative actual work is based on how much work is assigned to the resource.

**Best Uses** Add the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field to the timephased (timephased: Task, resource, or assignment information that is distributed over time. You can review timephased information in any available time period in the fields on the right side of the Task Usage and Resource Usage views.) portion of the Resource Usage view to review remaining cumulative actual work information for a resource. This allows you to see how much total actual work remains for a resource at a given point in time.

**Example** Jeff is assigned to two tasks: “Create artwork” and “Edit proposal.” Each requires 8 hours of total work. Yesterday, he recorded 6 hours of actual work for “Create artwork” and 2 hours for “Edit proposal.” Today, he recorded 2 hours of actual work for “Create artwork” task and 2 hours for “Edit Proposal.” The total work for Jeff’s tasks (16 hours) minus the cumulative actual work (12 hours) leaves us with the remaining cumulative actual work of 4 hours.

Remaining Cumulative Actual Work (assignment-timephased field).

**How Calculated** The Work field contains the total amount of time scheduled for a task. When you first assign a resource to a task, the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field for the assignment is equal to the total Work. When you enter percent complete, percent work complete, or actual work for a task, Project sums this up as the cumulative actual work completed for that assignment. Project calculates this field as follows:

Remaining Cumulative Actual Work = Total Work – Cumulative Actual Work

**Best Uses** Add the Remaining Cumulative Actual Work field to the timephased (timephased: Task, resource, or assignment information that is distributed over time. You can review timephased information in any available time period in the fields on the right side of the Task Usage and Resource Usage views.) portion of the Task Usage view to review information on remaining cumulative actual work for assignments on specific tasks over a period of time. Add this field to the timephased portion of the Resource Usage view to review information on remaining work over a period of time for assignments to specific resources.

**Example** Christie is the only resource assigned to the task, “Prepare presentation.” This task requires 8 hours of total work. Yesterday, she recorded 5 hours of actual work for the task. Today, she recorded 3 hours of actual work for the task. The remaining cumulative actual work for the assignment is now 0 hours.