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In Microsoft Project why is my actual duration calculating to 0 days?

I had set a baseline previously and I am now updating to show what has actually happened. I went into the task information and changed the "start" and "finish" dates to what actually happened. When ...
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Scheduling problems in MS PROJECT

I’m facing some problems , with formulating a plan as you can see in to link below. http://bit.ly/1t6Xsma I'm assign "barman" resource with "restaurant" task but when I am trying to enter the Barman ...
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Fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of increase in duration when updated

Using MS Project 2013, I would like to express the following situation. I have schedule/tasks set to fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of the increase in duration when ...
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Relationship between Work, Duration and Units in Microsoft Project 2013

I am struggling with Work/Duration/Units. Example: I have a product that takes 184 hrs to build, we typically have 5-6 guys working on it and in real time, takes about a week to complete. When I ...
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Part time project member: how to specify his 20 hours a week?

Hello Stack Exchange colleagues. I'm trying to set up a project that has 3 full time project staff and 2 part time staff (students). The way I'm planning is that all tasks are common to any of ...
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Dynamically queueing tasks to better plan ahead

I'm no project manager but I have a time management issue. I'm a programmer in a small team with plenty of tasks distributed among many projects and I'm responsible for managing my time. I'm alright ...
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For planning purposes, how many work hours per day should I expect of each staff member?

In my reading on SE, some people say 5-6 hours and this agrees with my experience. In our company, we commonly are "at work" 7.5 hours each day, but from a PM point of view... How many hours ...
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How to decide if a “quick, small change” should be implemented?

In my blog I assert that (in software projects) the quick, small change does not exist. Let's define the quick, small change as a 30-second task. Let's take a simple task: Deleting the extra period ...
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How can our chaotic JIRA process be used to report resource allocation using MS Project Server?

I'm trying to figure out the best method to address this issue. We have a pool of resources that work on projects, BAU, and production support. PMs utilize these resources in an agile methodology and ...
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in MSP 2010 How to change task duration units from weeks to days in bulk

I'm dealing with a large plan developed by different people and it has some durations in days and some in weeks, but I'd like to unify them all in days. what is the best way to do this in MS Project ...
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Do projects ever end early?

When scheduling, I tend to add a lot of reality into the guestimates I am provided with. I always add in generous amounts of probable sick days for manpower and extra time for integration and bug ...
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Scheduling a task in MS project to occur at same time and duration as another task [duplicate]

In MS project 2010 I have a project where a task is to start at the same time and finish at the same time as another task. For example, my project has a technology related task to be undertaken as ...
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How can I find the best distribution of a set of tasks

I have a project that has many tasks, some of them needs others as requirements, others don't. All tasks have a duration that will not change. We have 5 "workers" that can work at only one task at a ...
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How can I setup a supervisor to multiple workers in in multiple tasks in MS Project

I have 3 tasks, and I have assigned 2 workers to each task. As these tasks will be done at the same time, and are correlated, I want to assign a supervisor to these 8 workers. So, basically this ...
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How to deal with clandestine projects

A CEO has agreed with his VP of R&D on a roadmap. His pet project was not included, so he clandestinely forced some engineers to work on his pet project. Since everybody is afraid of standing up ...
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How to stop ms-project from changing task dates

I am running into a strange problem with project and was wondering if anyone has been able to solve this problem. I don't want project to change any of my dates based on changing %complete OR have ...
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lag must be exactly 2weeks

I have a number of tasks which have 3 subtasks each that MUST start and be completed exactly 2 weeks from each other. (each subtask is half day) i.e. task1: (subtask1 @ day1, subtask2 @ day14, ...
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What does it mean to 'crash a project'?

'Crash the project' is a term is used frequently in PMP materials. What does it mean exactly? How is it related to 'compressing the schedule', if at all?
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How can I handle objections about the percent of utilization of a non-technical PM?

One of our best PMs is a non-technical PM. She used to be a BA, not a developer, and is extremely detail oriented, has excellent communications, is Scrum certified, etc. We are placing her on one of ...
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What is the purpose of the “as late as possible” constraint in MS Project?

I understand that I can use this constraint in MS Project, but really, what is a good use case for this? When does this constraint make sense?
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How to start a charity project making use of college students as cram school teachers for orphans in lower levels of education?

I want to start a charity project that makes use of the human capital we have here in Morocco. The targeted population of the project is orphans of the same city and i'm having thoughts about making ...
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How to create an organised association that is project oriented?

A group of youngsters (age average of 20 years ) would like to establish an organisation that makes projects into reality. The question would be : What kind of structure would be the best to manage ...
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Omit tasks from team planner

Is it possible to omit some tasks from being used in the calculation of a resources allocation percent. I've looked at this a number of different ways but in short, I want to have a couple of tasks ...
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How do you schedule delivery dates in Scrum?

I've run into a constant issue. When a project starts, the client typically has a list of functionalities to be built in to the application. As a team we would like to follow Scrum. But the next thing ...
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How to estimate without relying on SMEs to estimate based on similar projects?

I create MS Project schedules for the government and recently moved to a new position on a staff where I am being asked to develop and control schedules for tasks that are rather vague, i.e. create a ...
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How to deal with scheduling/control when task insertion (vs task duration) is primary risk

We're working on a project that has a considerable amount of task insertion risk (by which I mean either a) the insertion of new tasks into the WBS or b) the rearrangement of technical dependencies in ...
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How can I create a visual timeline of User Stories / Epics from an Excel spreadsheet?

Ideally, I'd like to use an Excel spreadsheet to generate the following for me from columns of "User Story", "Start", and "End". Even if it didn't take it from the spreadsheet and I had to enter all ...
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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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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 over-...
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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 ...