Description of how Pending Estimates work in OWB/MSP and CA PPM
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The following list explains how Pending Estimates work in Microsoft® Project (MSP), OWB and CA PPM.
Pending Estimates are exported to assignments in MSP in the 'Number1' field. To see this, the Number1 field needs to be added to the Task Usage view.
Pending Estimates are exported as 0 when a team member estimate has not been provided (e.g., on Timesheets)
Pending Estimates cannot be changed by the project manager on a tracked assignment except in the case below; note that this statement is true regardless of whether MSP, Open Workbench (OWB) or any other (XOG for example) approach is used.
Pending Estimates are only imported from MSP when set to -1; this feature can be used to eliminate a team member estimate, such as to approve it (i.e., the manager has modified the estimate in the plan to match) or reject it (the plan was not modified).
Once a project manager changes the pending estimate to -1 in MSP and saves the plan, the team member will again see the project manager's estimate, and not their own (their own will have been deleted).
Open Workbench (OWB) works the same, except that there is a menu choice to clear the pending estimate (with an option to simultaneously copy it over to the real estimate and thereby "approve" it).
On an assignment, if Pending Esitmates are not tracked, any value is saved; note that -1 is saved back as null