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How to compute the real finish date?

I would like to compute the real finish date, I mean : If Start date is 01/01/2015. and the Duration is 7 days , the real finish date is supposed to be 07/01/2015 (or at least 08/01/2015). Please ...
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Why the Auto-scheduled Finish date is Wrong in this case , using MS Project 2013 ?

When I set a Auto scheduled task to Start date : 07/05/2015 , and Duration to 12 month. I get a Finish date of 07/06/2016. There is a problem ! The finish day is supposed to be : 07/05/2015. I ...
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Project start date calculation in a Finish to Finish dependency scenario

In a Project task Finish to Finish relationship scenario, assume there are only 2 tasks in a project. Task B should not be Finished until Task A is finished. Task A takes 2 days and assume it is ...
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Can I have a double task on the same line in MS Project?

Suppose I have a task that is being stopped for a while and then it continues. I would like to show that like recurrent tasks , is this possible with manual tasks ?
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Disabling “Duration” Calculations

This may not be a normal request, but I am looking for a way to enter a duration in hours, then have manually entered scheduled start/finish dates, and not have either changed in Microsoft Project ...
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How can I make a joint management of gantt chart, calendar view and time tracking? [closed]

I want to manage my project by means of a Gantt chart, combined with a cakendar view and an easy time tracking tool. I've been looking for a product (app or program) that would integrate Gantt, ...
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In MS Project 2010, how to avoid a task of being split by non working time?

I am scheduling a series of 30 small training sessions (2,5d each), and I wish that each training would not be Split by weekends or holidays. All tasks are to be performed by the same person. If ...
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MS Project Overallocation

MS Project seems to take a task and calculate per day work by dividing total work by duration. In the schedule I am working on, each resource is available for 10 hours per day, but MS Project doesn't ...
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Separation of cost from percentage complete?

I am monitoring the progression of a mine shaft. I have 2 goals each month: Goal 1: Progress 247 feet per month Goal 2: Spend roughly $133k per month. However, spend is not solely driven by the ...
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Planning in MS Project: fixed work AND fixed duration

I currently plan a quite complex project in MS Project. At the moment I cannot plan everything out in detail, but I think that in my head I have a good understanding of how long a task will last and ...
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MS Project 2013 - How to schedule a 6 hr work week maximum

I am working on a project with over 800 tasks and each task can take anywhere between 10 mins-3 hrs. I am assigning people (team of 10) to do tasks but each person can only be assigned for a maximum ...
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When do you determine whether project will use sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase manner for project management?

Is determining if a project is going to executed in a sequential phase-to-phase manner or as a overlapping phase (fast-tracking) manner done in Project Management plan( and/or one of it's subsidiary ...
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Auto schedule problem with MS Project 2010

I am setting up a project in 2010; I have tasks, subtasks, predecessors but no resources assigned. I have a task dependency that should start April 3 based on the predecessor finishing April 2. ...
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Project task list to move some server to new data center?

Actually we just completed the installation and fully equipped with new technology equipments for new data center's room. We are considering to move some sever to that location, are you aware of any ...
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Trigger Criteria to Change a Release Candidate

In an software development project where we are planning to release every three weeks, I have a client who has been delaying the UAT for a release candidate by about 4 weeks. Senior management don't ...
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How do you work around a production team that is distracted by support tickets and micro projects?

I need some guidance on this project management situation. I have a software team with 4 developers, 1 QA analyst, and 2 part time student interns. I have several projects where the owner has ...
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Finish variance in Hours

How can I show the Finish variance column in hours and not days? I am working in MS project Pro 2010. Thank you for your help.
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Is there a theory of management that supports backward/reverse planning?

I have found that project managers/project leaders use this common sense approach to planning. Namely, they already have a deadline, then they set milestones in a backwards order. They apply the same ...
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How can Critical Chain scheduling be undertaken with Microsoft Project 2010?

How can Critical Chain as a scheduling approach be applied using only Microsoft Project 2010 with no add-ins or additional software? What settings and options need to be used, and what task types.
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Important Concepts In Project Management [closed]

What are the most important concepts that should be added (as notes on ms project)? for example: Defining the project scope, risk management .. what others?
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Adding requirements gathering to the project plan - time phased budget baseline (PMB)

I'm preparing a time phased budget - basically my project schedule with all resources and cost allocated. When its reviewed, I will need to baseline it for calculating variance (tracking) in future. ...
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breaking down WBS in a project plan into activities

I understand that a project plan (schedule) is much more than a WBS task list. It depends on how you organize your project schedule - may be into phases, may be modules. Phases might have overlapping ...
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Actual Start Date in MS Project

I have a problem: I have a schedule that is baselined, constructed using horizontal and vertical logic, constraint free, fixed duration. I have a work package / task that has a FS dependency. The ...
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Activity-on-arrow (AoA) diagram review

so I don't completely understand dummy activities(arrows) in AoA diagrams, so I decided to do some practice questions related to it. I was wondering if anyone have a look at my solution and tell me if ...
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PERT adjust most likely time with probability and duration time

I don't know if the name of the question is clear what I would like to do is: I need to adjust the most likely time for an activity of my project in purpose of the probability of any path through the ...
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Schedule Logic, Use of Leads and Lags

I was recently told that you shouldn't have or minimize the use of leads and lags in your schedule as it somehow affects the calculation of critical path. I do not know if this guidance is limited to ...
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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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What does (Normal time-Crash time=0) implies?

In Crashing a project, if for an activity [Normal time - Crash time = 0], what does it mean? Since Crash cost per day = |(Crash cost-Normal cost)/(Normal Time- Crash time)| The Crash cost per day ...
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Is there any of Special way of showing Tentative Tasks in a Gantt graph using Project Libre?

I'm documenting a Software Web Application Project Plan. The customers have sent us: 1) snapshots of the various Web pages, and 2) Change Request Snapshots of some existing Web pages that we already ...
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What to do when the same project needs to generate two specific products - and product build is not aligned?

We work in a project where we have to build the same game for both Android and iOS platforms. The requirements are the same, but each result in specific products. We use SCRUM in order to keep our ...
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What's the practice to include new subtasks in a project chart?

I am new to project managment. I am trying to apply a task chart for different activities for my personal life as a "project". The chart has different areas, goals, taks, and schedule. Pherhaps you ...
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Linear Programming and PERT charts

I've studyed some Operations Research (maths), as well as some Project Management (for engineers) at Uni. It is fairly well known that directed Graph with weighted edged (such as a PERT Chart, and ...
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How to represent changes on efforts % for a specific resource over different tasks?

Scenario: John Doe is 100% allocated to the task 'vacations' from 01/Dec to 01/Feb. He's doing great (a lot of efforts to wake up at 11AM!), but during 20/Dec to 30/Jan John needs to be 50% ...
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Schedule & Customer Blame

Here are work we are having some difficulty with, well, difficult customers during the implementation phase of a semi-custom SaaS product. Standard story, I guess, ship deliverable's and then nothing ...
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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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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 can we effectively manage a master project schedule alongside Asana?

Background My team uses Asana for all of our project communications and task management. We're very agile and lean focused and therefore our project plans are changing all the time. We love the ...
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What is the best way to develop a project baseline?

I am conflicted on how to create a baseline for a project. Which of the following scenarios would be considered a "best practice" for creating a project baseline in which to measure progress and get ...
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Early and Late Start

A statement "a plan curve that will be created based on 40% late, 60% early" - does it mean a 40% chances of starting late and a 60% chances of starting early . . . please help me clarify a plan ...
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Participants of sprint planning meeting - Is it essential to involve part-time team members

I'm currently in the process of getting my team in a position to start using Scrum and Sprints within the next couple of weeks - I intend on taking on the role of Scrum Master as long as everyone on ...
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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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For every hour cutting code, how many project hours are spent doing something else?

I work on a large line-of-business legacy application, my projects are very much NOT green field. The dev teams are small, usually 2 developers, 1 system tester, plus part-time PM and BA resources. ...
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Project scheduling based on use cases or technical tasks

We have a web project going on and there are several use cases and we're now busy scheduling the development of the project. We're wondering what the best practices are about scheduling a project. ...
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How can new project managers avoid the pressure of creating schedules that meet deadlines but are not realistic?

I can see some project managers who worked as engineers and programmers in the past suddenly device impractical and insane plans when they become managers. Do they lose sanity even after worked so ...
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Timetabling solution for small tutorial college

I am currently working as a maths teacher at a small tutorial college, which offers one-on-one tuition. There are around a dozen tutors and a dozen students at any one time. Currently timetabling is ...
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What is the effective procedure or process to get the esimate of the Project Managers time on the projects ? [duplicate]

When you estimate for project management i.e PM's role time, do you take a certain % of the total estimate? Can you provide me the process or procedure used in general and how accurate it is?
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Can story points remain constant between the initial estimate and later planning sessions?

Background We have a bunch of epic stories. We have a fixed term to do the project. We have to get approval from a project board. We don't know the velocity of the project team yet. The ...
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Optimizing scheduling of developers: “who works on what, and when”?

I'm trying to plan the next 9-12 months of development using a Gantt chart. I've input all the tasks, their durations, and their dependencies, and all is well. However, as I assign developers to ...
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How to start my first project?

I'm going to manage my first project that is really a small stream of an even greater project, and my boss said that I could make my own schedule and plans etc. I have a couple of questions, I need ...