In this article on calculating progress, the term project and parent activity can be used interchangeably, since the elements used to calculate progress roll up to the top or upper level elements (sub activities roll up to parent activities which in turn roll up to the project).
If a project has no sub activities, then a project's progress is based on its activities.
If a project has sub activities the parent activities' progress will be based on that of its child activities, and in turn the project's progress will be based on the parent activities' progress.
In calculating completion rate of Web Site project it is only Design and Development activities that will be used.
All activities will be included in the project’s progress calculation, using one of the formula combinations below.
When calculating project completion rate, the following formula is used:
where Pi is the completion rate (progress) of the i-th top level activity, and Hi is its estimated hours. But, if estimated hours are not specified (or zero) for an activity, then EP will check to see if duration can be used, instead, and then actual hours if neither estimated nor duration are present (or set to zero). In cases where all three are greater than zero, then EP will always use the estimated hours in the calculation. For the case when none of these elements is specified (or all set to zero), see below.
Special Cases in Calculating Project Progress
- If an activity has neither estimated hours, nor duration, nor actual hours specified (or set to zero), the maximum Hi is used.
- If all the activities have neither estimated hours, nor duration, nor actual hours specified (or set to zero), the above formula has a simpler form:
where Pi is the completion rate (progress) of the i-th top level activity, and i is the number of the activities used in the calculation.
Project has 2 activities: one has 25 estimated hours and a completion rate of 5%, the other – 30 and 10%, respectively.
According to the formula, the project completion rate will be:
(25 x 5 + 30 x 10)/(25 + 30) = 7.72.
Since completion rates are given in integers, the project will have 8% as its completion rate.