I am hoping to use MS project to plan our manufacturing. I have added all of the units we need to manufacture for the coming year, as well as their deadline date (the date the units must be ready to ship). I have also allocated resources and assigned them to each task, and that works nicely (I.E. we can work on exactly 2 tasks at once).
What we manufacture is quite large, and cannot be stored here for long periods so I want to manufacture each unit as close to the deadline as possible.
I tried setting the "as late as possible" constraint:
But when I click the "move -> when resources are available" button, I get an error. I realized it's because the tasks have no dependencies and so could theoretically be scheduled infinitely far in the future. I also realized project doesn't take deadline into account when automatically planning...
So my question is: How can I get project to automatically plan tasks with no dependencies/predecessors as close to the deadline as possible, while taking into account resource availability?
Or put differently: How can I get project to automatically plan tasks as if there were both an "as late a possible" and a "finish no later than (deadline)" constraint?