August 30, 2015

Excel Task Tracker Dashboard Template

This excel  task management dashboard and tracker can be used to manage set of tasks. The dashboard graphs shows 3 key areas of tracking - Task Information, Status, and Resource Load.
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Excel Task Management Dashboard

Advantages and Features of Excel Task Management Dashboard

  • Track status based on % complete. 
  • Highlights overdue and complete tasks for better visualization of problem tasks. 
  • Can handle a list of 20 pre-defined holidays. Holidays are reduced from the duration.
  • Calculates  % Complete Forecast based on start and finish dates.
  • Progress is reported using traffic light indicators.
  • End date is auto-calculated based on start date and duration of the tasks.
  • Provides a high level graphical view of information, status and resource load.
  • Task Information Graphs show the following breakup - Total, Not Started, In-Progress, Complete and Overdue.
  • Task Status shows the breakup for the On track, Concern and Delayed.
  • Resource Load shows the workload on the resources in days.

Some key points about statues

  • Progress is reported based on difference between Actual % Complete and Forecast % Complete.
  • A task is highlighted as green in the progress column if it is on track. So, the % complete should be equal or greater than the forecast % complete.
  • Highlighted as amber when progress is less than 5% behind schedule. So, the delay should be between 1 - 5%.
  • Highlighted as red when the task is delayed by more than 5% complete.
  • Highlighted as overdue when the end date has passed and it is not complete.
  • Highlighted as complete if the actual % complete is 100%.

How to use the Dashboard Template

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How to use the task tracker and dashboard

Step 1: In the data tab of the sheet define the resource names and public holidays in your region.

Step 2: Create the task by copying an existing row. It is important that you copy existing row so that the formulas get copied.

Step 3: Add the basic details like Sl. No, Task, Resource Name/Assigned (drop down) and Project Name.

Step 4 (Key Step): Enter ONLY the start date and the duration.

End date, Forecast Complete %, Progress, Overdue and complete column will be auto-populated. DON'T CHANGE THE VALUES IN THE COLUMNS WITH BLUE HEADINGS.

Once the basic steps are complete then the steps 2,3 and 4 will have to be repeated on regular basis. It is recommended that you update Actual % Complete on a regular basis so that the charts will give the latest status. Please see the below image for different types of charts in the dashboard.

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Task Information, Task Status, and Resource Load Charts

    Now some limitations of this template


  1. I can't download the templates. It direct to other websites.

    1. My downloads are on dropbox so it will take you there.