The Remaining Tasks field shows the total number of scheduled subtask (subtask: A task that is part of a summary task. The subtask information is consolidated into the summary task. You can designate subtasks by using the Project outlining feature.) that remain to be completed for a summary task (summary task: A task that is made up of subtasks and summarizes those subtasks. Use outlining to create summary tasks. Project automatically determines summary task information [such as duration and cost] by using information from the subtasks.) on a given day. If the project summary task (project summary task: A task that summarizes the duration, work, and costs of all tasks in a project. The project summary task appears at the top of the project, its ID number is 0, and it presents the project's timeline from start to finish.) is displayed, the Remaining Tasks field shows the total number of scheduled tasks and subtasks that remain to be completed on a given day for the entire project.
Data Type Number (number field: A type of field whose content is a number. The maximum value allowed in this field is 999,999,999,999.99.)
Entry Type Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)
How Calculated To calculate the Remaining Tasks field, Project totals the number of subtasks under a summary task, and then subtracts the number of subtasks that have a finish date on that day or earlier.
To calculate the Remaining Tasks field for the project summary task, Project totals the number of scheduled tasks and subtasks for the entire project, and then subtracts the number of subtasks and tasks that have a finish date on that day or earlier. Note: Project includes subtasks and regular tasks in this calculation, but it does not include actual summary tasks (a task that includes subtasks).
Best Uses Create summary tasks that contain one or more subtasks. Add the Remaining Tasks 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 when you want to display how many scheduled subtasks remain to be completed on a given day for a summary task.
Example The "Write proposal" summary task has 3 subtasks: “Write”, “Edit,” and “Revise.”
The “Write” task is scheduled for days 1 and 2.
The “Edit” task is scheduled for day 3.
“Revise” is scheduled for days 4 and 5.
You add the Remaining Tasks field to the time-phased portion of the Task Usage view. At day 1, it is 3. At day 2, it is 2.
At day 3, it is 1. At day 4, it is 1. At day 5, it is 0.
- Subtasks will always display a 1 in the Remaining Tasks field before the finish date, and a 0 on the finish date.
- You can turn on the project summary task on the Advanced tab of the Project Options dialog box.
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