Tabular Comparison

Once a target has been captured in the Targets Manager, a base and an alternate must be designated accordingly. Any target can be the base and any target can be the alternate, but only two targets can be compared at a time. Start dates, durations, finish dates, floats, drifts, and total floats can be compared to determine the variance, if any, between the two targets. At least one target must be captured to generate the comparison.

Variances are calculated as base minus alternate for start date, duration, and finish date. To put it simply, a negative variance can be interpreted as a delay, and a positive variance can be interpreted as a gain. To the contrary, for drift, float, and total float, variances are calculated as alternate minus base. In this case, a negative variance can be interpreted as a decrease, and a positive variance can be interpreted as an increase.

NOTE: If an object is deleted from the schedule, it will no longer show up in the comparison, even if it existed when the target being compared was captured. If an object was added after the target was captured, or if info was added (e.g. a contract date) after the target was captured, it will not have any data and “None” will be displayed.

Steps

Viewing the Comparison

  1. Click Tools > Open Targets Manager from the menu bar. The Targets Manager will open.
  2. In the first column on the left (base), check the box next to a desired target.
  3. In the second column (alternate), check the box next to a different target.

Enlarging the Comparison

  1. With the comparison being viewed, click the Enlarge Enlarge-web icon above the tabular comparison. The Expanded Report window will open.
  2. When finished, click the Exit icon.

NOTE: Any customization of the columns will lost upon closing and reset to that of the Targets Manager.

Notes

Targets View

The list on the bottom displays the tabular comparison. As you click through the list, the canvas will be scrolled and the item spotlighted. For more info on how to turn off scrolling, see [bookmark postid=”11397″ anchor=”enabling”]Enabling/Disabling Canvas Scroll[/bookmark] in The Targets Manager section.

Lower List

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Column Definition
Type An image representing the type of object.
Description The text field for describing the object.
ID The user-entered unique identifier
Abbr. Description A text field limited to 48 characters to be displayed on the canvas if the description is too long.
Base Start Date The object’s start date when the base target was captured.
Alternate Start Date The object’s start date when the alternate target was captured.
Start Date Variance The base minus the alternate, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Duration The object’s duration when the base target was captured.
Alternate Duration The object’s duration when the alternate target was captured.
Duration Variance The base minus the alternate, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Finish Date The object’s finish date when the base target was captured.
Alternate Finish Date The object’s finish date when the alternate target was captured.
Finish Date Variance The base minus the alternate, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Drift The object’s drift when the base target was captured.
Alternate Drift The object’s drift when the alternate target was captured.
Drift Variance The alternate minus the base, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Float The object’s float when the base target was captured.
Alternate Float The object’s float when the alternate target was captured.
Float Variance The alternate minus the base, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Total Float The object’s total float when the base target was captured.
Alternate Total Float The object’s total floatwhen the alternate target was captured.
Total Float Variance The alternate minus the base, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.
Base Contract The object’s date according to a contract as entered in its property box when the base target was captured. Only applies to milestones and benchmarks.
Alternate Contract The object’s date according to a contract as entered in its property box when the alternate target was captured. Only applies to milestones and benchmarks.
Contract Variance The alternate minus the base, in time units (i.e. days), according to calendar for each object.

NOTE: Durations and their variances for milestones and benchmarks will show up as empty. Drift, float, total float, and their variances for benchmarks will show up empty. Contract dates and their variances for activities will show up as empty.

Expanded Report

Any customization of the columns will lost upon closing and reset to that of the Targets Manager.