This has been a request for a long time. CAN WE GET AN UPDATE??
Here's my 2¢.
I am wondering what it would take to give Project Status a way to be customized much the same way that Custom Workflows do. Here's the idea... We are a very customized creative shop and have very specific Project Statuses that are unique from the Task Statuses. Since there are a limited list of Project Statuses available, it would be nice to have a custom option like the Workflow does.
When I'm setting up reports, I want to be able to show the current status of a project in more detail than Green, Red, Yellow, Completed, On Hold or Cancelled.
It would be nice to be able to EITHER indicate a certain stage like "In Print" "Pending Payment" or Proofing" as a dropdown and/or a text entry...
OR automatically reference the current task in the dependency (gantt chart) or another field selection.
For example, if the project has 10 tasks that are in order and connected by dependency (which 99% of ours are), then the project status could be setup to retrieve the name of the current task or the name of the most recent completed task. So if tasks 1, 2, and 3 have been completed, then the status would automatically show task 4 as the current task at hand.
As I'm sure some have mentioned, the task status report is tedious to view and provides more information that is necessary for a manager or even a client-side report. Because the real question from the manager or client is,
"Where are we on this project? What is the STATUS?"
And the answer can never be, "Well, Bob, it looks like it's Green." And we can also not say, "Well, Step 1 is Complete, Step 2 is Complete, Step three is In Progress, etc..."
It would be much better to simply be able to scan the report and see an easy summary of what the actual status is by project... not every single task.
I realize that not all companies have the same need as ours, but I can bet you that the project status report telling everyone that the projects are GREEN is not cutting it.
Give us some control there if possible.