we use MS Project Professional, connected to Project Server 2016.
Our standard working times on the server calendar are as follows:
Mon 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; Tues 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; Wed 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; Thurs 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.30; Fri 8.00 - 12.00, 13.00 - 16.00
This gives us a 37 hour working week, with the slightly early finish on a Friday.
On the client side I am unable to find a method which will account for the early finish on a Friday.
In Project Options, Schedule I have the following settings:
Default Start Time: 8.00 Default End Time: 16.30 Hours per day: 7.5 Hours per week: 37 Days per month: 20
Within my organisation we tend to plan (despite my attempts to change this behaviour amongst our Project Managers) by Duration. So, if we have a task beginning on a Monday at 8.00 and it is planned for 5 days MS Project will show the task as finishing at 8.30 the following Monday, rather than 16.00 on the Friday.
Whilst, on the surface, this is fairly insignificant, many of our projects span 4 or 5 years so these additional 1/2 hours quickly add up and push the overall project end date out quite significantly.
I have tried many different settings in the client side options but have not yet found a method to resolve this:
I've tried the following:
Hours per day: 7.4 Hours per week: 37
Hours per day: 7.5 Hours per week: 37.5
and various other combinations.
I have also tried being more granular with the tasks and using the finish time in addition to start date but this then results in very odd looking durations which cause our customers great confusion.
Has anyone else run into a problem of this nature and did you manage to come up with a workaround?