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MS-Project: any ideas on how to approach defining a MINIMUM work assignment per day for resources?

I am currently working on a high level project plan with all our department's projects and resources allocated to each project (roughly like 10% during 2 months, 20% during 2 weeks, etc.). This is to ...
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Calculating a running sum of subtask cost amounts

How can a Summary task reflect a running sum of subtask input amounts?
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MS-Project 2010: Task end-date seems to be calcuated incorrectly

I am using MS-Project 2010 and have noticed something peculiar in how "end-date" of the task is dislayed. I obeserve the following behavior: 1. I set the task to start on Monday. 2. I set the ...
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How can I convert existing tasks and subtasks to subprojects in Project 2010

I understand how to create a subproject and insert the subproject into a master project. Is there a way to take an existing task (and its subtasks) in a master project and convert them to a new ...
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Working with a Shared Resource Pool and project plan revisions

We have a practice of saving a copy of our project plan with the status date in the filename every time we update status. This messes up the shared resource pool, because the resource pool now thinks ...
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MS - Project 2010 …creating a master schedule without linking tasks

I need to create a master project schedule that can link deliverables or milestones, also Identifies critical paths? Can you help with any ideas??
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Change default Task Type to 'Fixed Work' in Microsoft Project 2013

When I create a new task in Microsoft Project it defaults to "Fixed Units", however most of the projects we do are estimated upfront so we need to schedule based on fixed amount of effort but variable ...
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MS Project Elapsed Day Task Ends on Weekend

I am currently working on a project where a task requires a block of time to achieve a total amount of exposure, so I've been using the elapsed days duration function. In this case, the task requires ...
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Handling resources who do not have 100% availability in MS Project 2003

This is a technical question regarding Microsoft Project 2003. I am trying to schedule resources who have other (management) duties not related to the project. My initial thought was to reduce their ...
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Let MS Project adjust previous dependent tasks' schedule based on last task's due date

I want to tet MS Project adjust previous dependent tasks' schedule based on last task's due date. I'll try to tell my requirement via image below: last row is a milestone (final report) and has a due ...
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Allow resources to pick assignments on a day to day basis?

In our organisation, we're using a MS Project Server setup that's pretty much out of the box. I'm now struggling to find a fit with one of the requirements put forward by our PMO: Our company has ...
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How to save Gantt and PERT as a GIF image?

I'm working with MS Project, and I have created a Gantt chart. How would I save a Gantt and PERT file as a GIF image? I did it once, but I cannot find it anymore.
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How to resolve “Circular dependency” in Microsoft Project

I am working in Microsoft Project for creating Low level plan in .mpp files. I am having the circular dependency error as shown in below snapshot: I want to know, is there any out-of-box ...
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Changing default working hours from 8 hr/day to 4 hr/day in Microsoft project 2013?

I am learning to use MS Project for a student project and trying to change the default working hours. I am not able to make this configuration change. How does one modify this setting? I tried ...
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How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating? [closed]

need to solve this question: How can the use of a standard project structure aid estimating?
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Working with a pool/group of resources

How can I effectively work with a pool of team member (nor the usual resource pool share file in project)? Let me rephrase. My resources are spread into pools/groups, that share the same skills and ...
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Do you use the WBS or Project Program to structure tasks in MS Project?

When I first started using Microsoft Project, I took it for granted that I should replicate the WBS in the task list and use that to structure my work packages. After working with Project a little ...
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Level Remaining Resource Units

My goal is to optimize resource usage when having priority tasks partially allocated. MS Project 2007 simple two task scenario (My project has thousands of tasks) with automatic leveling: ...
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When a budget cost resource is assigned, the progress bar for the project summary task disappears

I'm using Microsoft Project Professional 2013 with Microsoft Project Server 2013. When a budget cost resource is assigned to the project summary task, the project summary task's progress bar ...
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Successor with Finish-to-start relationship starts at the same time as predecessor

When adding a task with a relationship Finish-to-Start, successor task starts at the same time as predecessor task. I have tried moving the task by dragging the second task, but then another problem ...
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Unable to schedule a 4-hour task completed over 2 days in Gantt Chart

I'm trying to create a detailed Gantt chart, using MS Project 2013, for a project in one of my courses. Being a student, I'm not working the same number of hours every day. For example, I may have a ...
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Scheduling tasks to start today

I have a plan that's broke up into a few stages. I want to schedule the first couple tasks in stage 2 to start as soon as possible, there are no predecessors for these tasks. My tasks in the middle of ...
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View project plan by week in a tabular format

There is a way to view your project plan in a table broken down by tasks ongoing in each week. I cannot for the life of me remember how to do this, and I'm not having any luck searching. Does anyone ...
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Let MS Project 2010 assign resources to tasks?

Technical question concerning MS Project 2010: I have a Gantt with a list of tasks. For each task I have the work defined (ex: 2 wks). Each task can only have one person (resource) assigned to it. ...
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Showing Microsoft Project files to people without Project

The project managers at my company were asked to use Microsoft Project 2013 to track our projects, but many of the business stakeholders do not have Project installed. It looks like I cannot just ...
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How to change the arrow icon which is displayed as the deadline indicator

Usually the Deadline icon is shown as arrow in the Gantt Chart. It is possible to change by right clicking and selecting format. Is it possible to show the deadline as a single line, just like ...
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How to permit multiple Project Managers to update a shared project

I have searched and not found an answer for this (nor did Google help). We are on Project Server 2007. I am running a large program with multiple project managers handling different parts of the ...
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Update project plan, rescheduling and dates

I'm trying to understand the update function in MS Project 2010 and I hope you can help. Let's say I have a road-project where I have divided a task in to several activities based on where the task ...
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How do I auto-level a project mid-duration taking into account % complete on tasks?

I have a MS Project 2007 plan with six months of work in it. I'm updating the % Work Complete on the tasks as we progress through the plan each week and month. I'm moving the "Project Start" date ...
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How do I create a task to obtain something with cost in MS Project?

I would like to setup a project that allows me to keep track of obtaining equipment for a business. Basically I the "progress" is the funds generated or the equipment obtained(e.g., if I stole it then ...
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MS Project 2010: Can I define an “overhead” task?

I have an "overhead" task for tracking work related to administration of a project. As such, the project requires about 5 hours of administrative overhead work per week of its existence. How can I ...
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MS Project how to compare “% Complete” with “Planned % Complete”

I need to have a column to show Planned % Complete for a certain date that I will compare with % Complete column. Now % Complete formula is cstr(IIf([Duration]=0,0,100*[Actual Duration]/[Duration])) ...
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Simple examples of the difference between fixed-work, fixed-unit, and fixed-duration tasks in MS Project

MS Project tasks are either fixed work, fixed unit, or fixed duration, where Duration x Units = Work The documentation describes which variable is recomputed when one of the others is changed, but ...
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MS Project: How to set a Resource work by hour regardless of work days?

Please kindly help me find way to solve in MS Project. I have two Resources below: Employee_A = 4 hours per week only, but can work any day Employee_B = 12 hours per week only, but can work any day ...
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Difference in %complete after rescheduling between MSP 2007 and 2010

I have a file that has a single task. its fixed duration and is not effort driven and no resource is defined. duration is set to 10 days. after 5 days, %complete is 10%. after entering this data and ...
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Example Gantt charts in proposals - how to remove dates in MS Project?

We are a B2B service provider. Many of our potential customers want to see a Gantt chart in the proposal. These are created based on a broadly estimated start date. Our problem: our clients aren't ...
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Getting estimated working time from MS Project

Our company has just recently started using MS Project Professional 2010 and we plan to eventually have a Project Server installation. I've created a few projects so far, but still claim to be a ...
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MS Project, Custom Field to show Completed Tasks with Lag

Is it possible to create a custom field that tests if a completed task has a predecessor or successor with lag? Update: I've solved my problem bellow. I had inherited a large project which had not ...
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MS Project 2010 Finish Date changes unexpectedly

I am using MS Project 2010. My Task Type is defined as Fixed Work. I have tried Fixed Duration and it only seemed to make the matter worse. I have a task that spans 10 days (2 weeks). However, the ...
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How to not count the duration of non-working days of a calendar in Microsoft Project?

I have a plan in MS Project. I have a resource that can't work 5 days per week, so I have negotiated with him to work just 3 days per week. In the plan, I changed his calendar for Thursday and Friday ...
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Removing Orphan Entries from an MS Project Resource Pool?

We are using Project 2013 (Standard) and have defined a 'Resource Pool.mpp' to share resources across multiple project (.mpp) files. Older project files that were linked have been moved, removed or ...
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How to show secondary and tertiary critical path in MS Project?

Is it possible to show the secondary and/or tertiary critical path in Microsoft Project? The view menu has a way to filter to only those tasks without slack (i.e. the critical path), but is there a ...
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Why doesn't duration = work / resources

I have a task that has two people working at 80% of their time on it. I have entered a task with work = 3 days. I expect the duration to be 3 / (2 x 0.8) = 1.88 days. But project insists that it is ...
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MS Project: Non-working days not printiing on PDF

I am running MS Project 2010 and trying to print a project with non-working days on the gantt chart. On the page setup view for a phsyical printer I can see the non-working days and they print fine. ...
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How to get milestone to auto-schedule for next day in MS Project?

I'm working with MS Project 2013. I have tasks set to auto-schedule, and to default to fixed work. I have 2 milestones, one of which depends on the other. The first one triggers some work which ...
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How to print task list & gantt chart from a specific date range

I want to print the task list and the Gantt chart in a specific date range (as illustrated in the image below). How can I do it? The default print scheme wastes paper and is difficult to read. I have ...
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Deny task split

When I use auto-leveling in MS Project to schedule my tasks, some tasks are often split without visible reason. So the plan becomes not too real, like following: TaskA.. [day break] TaskB TaskC TaskD ...
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How to properly drop tasks in MS Project that have value

Once upon a time a project that I was managing running was fine, when all of a sudden due to dependencies of another project, senior management decided to freeze the project to focus on something ...
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MS Project 2013: Overall duration, taking account of non-business days

In Microsoft Project 2013, is there a way of showing "total duration taking account of non-business days", rather than simply "total number of business days"? For example (using a standard calendar): ...
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Resource allocation / availability changes

I have a resource that was initially going to be assigned 100%. I want to change the resource availability to 50% and have that change effect all tasks current assigned. It doesn't seem to be doing ...