OnePager Pro works with Microsoft Project, Project Server, and Project Online to help you compare different scenarios in your project plan. Here's how:
- Open your original Microsoft Project plan (we'll call it "Scenario One") and select the tasks and milestones that you want to include in the scenario comparison:
- Next, make a few changes to the original project plan and save it as "Scenario Two":
In the second scenario, we've changed some of the tasks to have a longer duration than originally planned.
- Now, we'll import both project scenarios into OnePager to compare them side-by-side. To do this, go to Microsoft Project's Add-ins tab, and click the OnePager button:
- Click NEW to build a new scenario comparison. When the import wizard appears, tell OnePager that you want to import both Scenario One and Scenario Two into the same report:
- Click Create New Project View to import both project scenarios into the side-by-side report:
Customize your Project Scenario Comparison
The chart that OnePager created out of the box gave us a pretty good comparison between the two scenarios, but there are several customizations you can do to create an even more informative report:
- To make it easier to see how the milestones in each scenario compare to each other, we can assign a unique color to the same milestone in scenario one and two. To do this, we'll first set the entire chart to one color by going to Home > Project View Properties > Task Bars > Use One Color:
- Under Conditional Formatting, click Manage Rules to assign each pair of related milestones the same color in both scenarios:
In this example, we color-code the same milestone in each scenario the same color to make the scenarios easier to compare. For example, "Milestone D" is colored red in both the first and second project scenarios.
- Apply the color rules, and we'll get a side-by-side project scenario comparison like this:
- You can also go to Insert > Task Link to place a connector line between the same milestones in each different scenario:
These are not true project dependencies; instead they help show how the same milestone shifts between the first and second scenario.
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First published: January 29, 2018