Have a duration field on all screens instead of just start and end dates.
When we are creating a Gantt off of an SOW, the SOW only deals with estimated duration (in hours/days/weeks). It would be great to have the duration field present on all screens so we can easily add/edit this. For example on List view when we are putting in all the tasks, we should be able to say 'starts on this date, for a 10 day duration' and the system would automatically calculate the end date from that. Currently we have to open up end date calendar and count the days which adds up to a lot of time on large scale projects. (You have this field on detailed views of tasks, just not on the quicker views such as List and Gantt views). This would also help our reports as we are an agency and are more concerned with duration of tasks and how close our estimates were.
Stefan Hampden commented
Agreed - it's really strange / very time consuming that you have to do this either graphically via stretching bars, or thru a calendar interface. Also I'm not able to enter anything other than days in duration (after clicking into the details dialogue for a task) - am I missing something? Seems like all durations should show the timeframe it most closely resembles. Does anyone actually think about 3 1/2 months as 70 days? or see 70 days and not have to pause to do the math to get that that means 3 and a half months?
It's pretty disheartening to see this was first suggested in 2016, seems like very basic functionality - I hope the developers will implement it soon.
I agree with this, Microsoft Project has a column in gantt chart view that is titled Duration and this displays the weeks, days of the period. Having this would provide much better and provide transparency without needing to drill down.
Show Duration column next to "% complete" on Gantt chart