Automatic statusing

Several project management software packages provide the ability to automatically progress your project. It generally works like this: You specify a data date for the current update, and the system assumes that any planned progress, to that date, is actual progress. It may also assume that any planned resource usage or cost has also occurred as planned. There may be several options, depending on the particular software package. Some will allow you to overwrite any automatic progress entry. But how do you keep track of what the computer entered and what the user entered? Some will provide an option "switch," for the user to turn automatic statusing on or off. That's not too bad, in the hands of responsible users like yourselves. But used irresponsibly, or with other pressures pushing one to minimize the statusing effort, automatic statusing can defeat the very purpose for having the tracking system in the first place.
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