Project management requires either a Sales Premium, Service Premium, or Marketing license. For details, see the list of user plans.
A project typically consists of different stages. For each stage, you have certain activities and perhaps documents that need to be completed. With every activity and every stage completed, you will get closer to completing the project.
- A unique ID
- A name
- A project manager or owner
- Project members
- The type of project
- A status
- An (expected) end date
A project always has a project manager or owner. In addition, it can have (and usually has) project members. These are stored in the projectmember table.
Deleting project members doesn't delete the actual person. It only severs the link between the person and the project by removing the row from the database table. For example, a person has retired from the company and you need to clean up the database.
Using a guide will simplify and structure the process for the project manager with suggestions for which follow-ups to do and which documents to create at each stage.
A project type is a named set of reuseable info that will help you standardize the process. Aside from the name and ID, you'll find info such as:
- The expected duration
- Whether a project guide is available
Some project types have an associated project guide. For those types, it's important to understand stages and how to work with suggested activities.
Each stage has a set of suggested activities. There is also a setting controlling whether the project will automatically advance to the next stage when the last guided activity in a stage is completed.
The sequence of the stages is determined by the rank of each stage.
Suggested activities are just that - suggested. They're blueprints that can be used to create actual follow-ups and documents.
The blueprints sit at the intersection between project types and stages. A project type can have many stages, and a stage can apply to multiple project types. The ProjectTypeStatusLink table connects them all.
Projects vs. other entities
When working with projects, data will often intersect with the following entities: