Project Management Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for project managers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I am trying to put together a programme plan, collaborating all of the individual project plans into one programme plan.

Every time I copy and paste one of the project plans into my new programme plan (even if there is nothing else in the plan) all of the dates change.

Without going through each task a rectifying the date change, there is not much that I can think to do.

Removing automatic scheduling allows me to copy and paste the dates, but I need the format of the plan to stay the same, so automatic scheduling needs to be on.

share|improve this question

Hard coding your dates kills one the biggest reasons you are tracking your schedule--to monitor your finish variances. Hard coded dates are used as constraints in the schedule logic so that your finish variances read zero all the time, but your resource utilization increases to absorb schedule slips. Instead, the dates should be derived based on your schedule dependencies and sequencing and work package durations. As such, if you transfer the schedule into a new version, you only need to adjust the first milestone "start" date; then everything else will automatically adjust and sequence based on the logic.

share|improve this answer

Here is one approach you might want to try. Go ahead and paste the tasks of one project into the programme plan. Let the dates change. Then select only the start and end date fields from that project plan and then do a "Paste Special -> Text Data" into the start and end date fields of the programme plan. If you see a dialog, select "Continue. Move the task to start before the project start date."

share|improve this answer

If it's acceptable to you (or whoever the programme plan is aimed at) it might make more sense to manage the projects separately and create dependencies between them. That would allow the auto scheduling to remain in place on each project but effectively link them together as part of a wider program. Personally, I think having multiple projects in a single project plan is a bit unmanageable. If the intention of the single program plan is to share resources more effectively then it is also possible to share resources between individual projects.

share|improve this answer

I am currently managing the projects separately but I have around 35 projects each with about 100 lines. When I open the master project file and level the resources it takes forever and most of the time project just crashes. I believe its because its pulling too much information from these sub project. Is there anyway I can just put them all into one project?

When I copy and paste the predecessors loose their relationship. For instance line 3 has a predecessor of line 1. When I copy lines 1-3 into the other project they become lines 55-57 but their predecessors say 1-3 linking them to the wrong lines.

share|improve this answer
Welcome to PMSE! We're glad you stopped by. This comment is best asked as a separate question. PMSE is different than a message board or wiki. We try to keep each question separate instead of putting multiple questions in a single thread. You'll likely get better responses by asking this as a question. Otherwise, the comment may get closed. Thanks. – Mark Phillips Feb 14 at 22:47

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.