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Viewing and updating project statuses

Four project statuses are available in Polaris, that reflect the four typical phases of project execution:

  1. Initiate
  2. Planning
  3. Execution
  4. Closeout

The project’s current status displays at the top, left-hand corner of that project’s page.

Each status has customizable sub-steps that you can mark off as you complete them, to keep track of where you are in the project’s setup and execution.

Project status determines whether resources can enter time

Status also determines whether or not resources can enter time against the project.

Administrators can configure which statuses allow time entry using the Administration > Project Settings > Allow Time Entry for field.

You can choose to allow time entry in Initiate, Planning, or Execution phases, or you can limit time entry to the Execution phase only.

This is a global setting that applies to all projects in your system.

Resources can never enter time while a project is in Closeout phase, or if it has been archived.

Changing a project's status

Changing the status of the project will change the header color of the Projects page, so you can see the status of each project at a glance.

You can also filter all projects by status, by clicking the tabs at the top of the Projects page.

To change a project’s status:

  1. Go to Projects > List, and open the project.

The current status displays right under the project’s name, in the top, left-hand corner of the page.

  1. Click the icon beside the name of the current status.

  1. Click Set Status beside the desired status label. You can also check off completed tasks, if you want.

Updating the status of multiple projects

You can change the status of multiple projects at once. You can assign only one status at a time.

To update the status of multiple projects:

  1. Go to Projects > List or Projects > Timeline.
  2. Select the check boxes for projects you want to update.

  1. Click the Status button that displays in the lower, right-hand corner of the page.

The Edit Status dialog displays.

  1. Choose the applicable status.
  2. Click Update Status.

Customizing the task list for each project status

You can create a custom list of tasks for each project status, that you can then check off as they’re completed. Note that changes you make apply only to that project.

To edit the task list for a status:

  1. Open the project status interface by clicking the icon.
  2. Click the Edit button located at the top, right-hand corner of the page.

The task names will become editable.

  1. Make any desired changes. You can also add or remove items by clicking the and icons.

Related links

Adding a project