User Field Graph

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User Field Graph

The User Fields Graph displays the assignment of User Field based values over time.

It can be used to provide flexible, customised time-based charts (as an alternative to the Resource Utilisation Chart, EVA Graph, Line Of Balance, or other charts) to represent, for example, the utilisation of space or the consumption of resources over the duration of a Task/Time where the value (or cost) being utilised (or consumed) has been defined in a User Field.

The User Field Graph is part of the Gantt Chart Window and shares a horizontal splitter bar with the Gantt chart. This can be repositioned to provide more area for the User Field Graph or the Gantt chart view by moving mouse over splitter (an up/down arrow cursor is shown) and left-clicking and holding down and moving up or down.

Opening the User Field Graph

To display the User Field Graph (in the Gantt Window, below the Gantt chart), select Windows->User Field Graph

The following menu is available by right clicking in the Graph window

Task(s) - choose whether to display the EVA graph for All, Selected, or Filtered Task(s)

Edit Title - Use this option to change the graph title as displayed in this window as well as in printing and Animation exports. Leave the title blank if desired

Use the Show Legend option to show or hide the graph legend

Assigning Graph Values

To assign values to appear in the User Field Graph, simply create Task Based User Fields in the Navigator->User Fields panel, and assign these fields to your selected tasks; assigning specific values and colour coding as necessary:

1.Create a Task User Field of Integer or Number Type to hold your graph values
2.Assign the User Field to the relevant Tasks, providing a specific value in the Task Properties->User Fields panel or by adding the User Field column to the Task List. Alternatively, User Field values can be calculated using Formulas. The User Field value will represent the height of the bar on the graph
3.Make sure to enable the check box next to the User Field name in the User Fields list panel to see the values in the graph.
4.In the Graph Values box, choose Draw in UF Graph to show the instantaneous value of the User Field.
ØDraw cumulative in UF Graph - When enabled, a line showing the cumulative value (increasing over time) of the User Field will be drawn in the User Field Graph window.
ØSee Options>Gantt Chart>Colour>Gantt Graphs for more User Field Graph options including showing/hiding the summary line

Displaying Cumulative plot

To show the cumulative running total of a User Field, check the box in Graph values for Draw cumulative in UF Graph

When both Draw cumulative in UF Graph and Draw cumulative in UF Graph are enabled (on the same or different User Field), the cumulative Scale labels are on the right side of the graph

Assigning Limit Values

To assign limit values to appear in the User Field Graph, simply create Task Based User Fields in the Navigator->User Fields panel, and assign these fields to your selected tasks; assigning specific values and colour coding as necessary:

1.Create a Task-Based User Field to represent your graph limit values, making sure the Limit Graph Line option is selected

2. Assign the User Field to your schedule, providing a specific value. This value will represent the limit line on the graph

TIP: It may be helpful to assign Limit User Field values to summary tasks (or hammock tasks) rather than subtasks if the limit spans for an extended period

 

Working with Multiple Limits

The Incremental Limit option ( Options->Gantt Chart->Colours->Gantt Graphs ) determines how Limit Lines accumulate their values when multiple limits appear for the current set of Tasks:

 

When checked, limits accumulate permanently when the limit first occurs.

When cleared, limits only accumulate for the tasks to which the limits are assigned.

 

Related Topics:

Resource Utilisation

EVA Graph

Navigator->User Fields

Options->Gantt Chart->Colours->Gantt Graphs