Picture this: you create a new timesheet in Project Web Access, and rather than seeing a blank timesheet, as you might expect, you see a timesheet prepopulated with Actual Work hours. But your project plan doesn't have any Actual Work! Where did the prepopulated hours come from?
The most likely answer is that the tasks on your timesheet have been included on the My Tasks page, and Actual Work was recorded as part of reporting the status of the tasks. If you record Actual Work on a task as part of the task status, when you include that task on a new timesheet, Project Web Access automatically includes the reported Actual Work on the timesheet, regardless of whether it has been saved to the project plan.
Another possible answer is that you had previously created a timesheet and reported Actual Work, then deleted that timesheet. When you re-create the same timesheet, the Actual Work reported on the previously deleted timesheet appears on the new timesheet.
For more information on creating timesheets and reporting task status, see the following help topics:
· Create my timesheet
· Report the status of my tasks
· Add a task to your task status
I love the fact that actual hours are imported from task updates. However, I've noticed lots of confusion from my staff on this.
Problems I have with this are:
1. Actual Work is only imported if it is approved. As an end user, I don't care if it's approved or not. I still spent the same amount of time on that task. I want my actual hours to show on the timesheet - approved or not.
2. Assigned Tasks and actual work on those tasks are only imported at the time of timesheet creation. If you create a timesheet on a Monday and then are assigned tasks Wednesday, you have to import those tasks from Wednesday manually by clicking "add lines" on the timesheet...very annoying.
I wish task updates/timesheet would update each other on the fly..or at least there should be an option for that.