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What is "Lead Time"?

I have a task within my project criteria which states: "Purchasing lead-time for the steelwork is estimated at 60-80 days". What does lead time mean? Do I have to make special considerations for this?...
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What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and Finish Dates?

What is the specific Custom Fields Formula using (GREEN, YELLOW and RED) indicators for Task Start and End Dates as follows in MS Project? 1 Task Start Date is within 5 or more of the Task Start Date ...
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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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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

I wonder if activities like contract and agreement reviews, meetings to discuss preliminary information, SOW review, and contract approved (as deliverable and milestone) should be included in a gantt ...
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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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How to use Scrum with TFS and also MIcrosoft Project

I am not new to Scrum neither I am new to Microsoft Project nor TFS. In the past On-Premises I was able to use Microsoft Project with team foundation server, but without SCRUM, it was just waterfall, ...
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assigning multiple resources to a single task in MS project - is that right?

I have seen some project plans where a task that spans 80 hours has two resources assigned to it, one at 100% and the other at 50%. Is this correct? Shouldn't the task be broken down to two parts and ...
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Tracking estimates and delays in Microsoft Project

I'm using Microsoft Project 2007 for the first time to produce a plan and track multiple workstreams. This includes developers which is straight forward and an editorial team which is new for me. ...
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Milestone behavior in MS Project

I am working in MS Project with a project someone else set up. This project contains 29 activities which are auto scheduled, has a minimum start date constraint on an activity, and two milestones. The ...
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How do I identify critical path in MS Project?

I'm using MS Project for my project management works. Would like to know how do I identify the critical path of the project and the dependencies?
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Use elapsed days in german ms project

As I've found out recently, there is a way to use elapsed days (instead of working days in MS Project). But I use german MS project and there you can't use the english words. You have to stick with ...
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In resource allocation, how do you call the group of people that will be hired in the future?

In other words, in my "MS Project-like tool", I have teams with the people that I've already hired, and unassigned people mark as in the "bench" team. I'm looking for a placeholder team name to put ...
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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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MS Project On-line [closed]

Is there any on-line ms project like software which allow create project plans and save it in Microsoft Project format? I know www.amiproject.com, but it let just view plans.
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EVM and Schedule Variance

I am using MS Project to get Schedule Variance of a project. At this point in time I have put all the tasks associated with the project, assigned resources to the tasks (all of the resources are type '...
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MS Project - Predecessor 'or'

How do I enter 'or' logic into the predecessor field? For instance, task 4 can start when task 1, 2, or 3 ends. We don't know which of 1, 2, or 3 will begin or end first. Thank you
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How to organize a 6-month project plan for agile?

We have a charter to build a product in 6 months. I'll preface this by saying that my manager wants us to use waterfall, even though our development process is agile. With that said, I have been ...
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MS Project: Few basis questions on tasks management

I have seen different managers entering preferred Duration in days and some in hours. Is there any best practice? I have seen many manager will update "% complete" to update a task progress. Is this ...
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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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#ERROR in User-Defined Field Formula Even After Testing Against ProjDateValue('NA')

I've been struggling with a Microsoft Project (2013 Standard) formula assigned to a number user-defined field to calculate the difference between tasks' current Finishes and a baseline Finish I've ...
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Software to track projects measured in hours and minutes

I am trying to remember my Project Management class from college many years ago. I have been part of several IT projects where multiple entities are involved. For these projects (or cutovers or ...
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Can you add constraints to a split task in ms projects?

What if I would have a task A, split into three sections. Could I set a finish-finish relationship between task B and the end of the second section of task A? And if not, what would be a recommended ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Microsoft Project: Cannot level resources assigned to summary tasks

I have run into unexpected behavior in Microsoft Project 2013. To reproduce, create the tasks seen in the screenshot: Where Requirements has a maximum unit of 100%. Notice that when you "Level All" ...
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How to start off a project plan documentation for research oriented projects?

I have planned all the tasks using MS Project 2007. I used shots of Gantt chart, Network diagram and critical path. Can the project documentation plan have the following contents? Project ...
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Canned project breakdown suitable for training interns in scheduling

I'm looking for a project with a well-constrained breakdown that would suitable for training interns in scheduling projects. (The desired context is actually software project scheduling, but I'm ...
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Is it possible to track resources at company level using Microsoft Project?

I own a small software company. We have many projects going on at the same time. In Microsoft Project, we can create project plan and keep track of resources (developers) at a project level. I ...
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Is it possible to have personal backlogs and planning according to the prioritization of the tasks?

Microsoft Project is ok for setting up for Gannt Chart and baseline but it is not possible to see individual plans and schedules. Is it possible to integrate all? is it possible to have personal ...
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Calculation of ACWP, BCWP and BCWS in MS Project

I took a look at how MS Project calculates EVM metrics and I have a doubt that I would like to clarify. Before performing the calculations of ACWP, BCWP, and BCWS, I defined a baseline. To avoid ...
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MS Project Gantt chart: Highlighting today line

How do you highlight this line? It's hard to see in "stock" format.
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How to share MS Project macro?

I have created a macro in my MS- Project. I am admin. Now how can I make it available to be used by other MS- Project users of my enterprise? Macro is created in Global file/template.
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Why does my duration = calendar days for a 5 day work week?

shouldn't the calendar days be 2/7th longer than the duration if we're not working Saturdays and Sundays?
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Auto populate project level Priority field based on lookup to Excel file table

I have multiple small plans (managed by PMs) embedded in a master plan file which I manage. The PMs can add tasks to the sub plans as necessary. After receiving each sub plan and refreshing the ...
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How to copy and paste a large number of tasks in the same project file?

I have a schedule broken down by building number (bldg. 1-39); I have inputted the tasks for bldg. 1 (approx. 200) and need to copy and paste this to the other 39 buildings. I can't seem to do this ...
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Working Day in Resource Calendar Not Showing Up - MS Project 2010

I'm working on a schedule for teams that work Thurs-Thurs. I have a base calendar for the project that has the correct working days and times and have resource calendars for the individual teams. ...
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Manual schedule vs. Auto schedule

I am developing and maintaining a complicated system project plan that comes from 3 different groups. Each provided manual scheduled time with start and finish dates, but they are not sequenced. I am ...
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MS Project doesn't calculate task finish date correclty

I have an issue with MS Project 2016. I have a task which starts on May 9th and is estimated to 72 hrs. I have assigned a resource, which is available 4 hours per day (I assigned the resource using ...
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How to get MSProject to automatically increase resource usage to over 100% when the average Acutal Work hours is above the standard day work hour?

Let's assume that the standard number of hours worked per day is 8h I have a task with a Duration of 2 days and 16 Work hours The resource RA is assigned 100% to this task. this task mode is set to ...
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MS Project - how to schedule subtasks

I have organized my plan with Summary Tasks and many, many subtasks. Since it is a little bit difficult to manage every single subtask, I would like to do these operations: assign predecessors to ...
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Opening sub-projects from within the Master Project

(Not using Project Server) I find a frequent need to open sub-projects in a new window and looking for an easy way to open that project from within the master project instead of having to go through ...
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Custom Field Formula for MSP

If( [Text1] And [Text4] > 0, [Text1] - [Text4], "" ) I need a syntax for Null/Empty cells in [Text1] and [Text4] to avoid #ERROR Thank You
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How to configure the project schedule for parallel tasks?

I have a resource with 50% availability for a project. I have set the Units in MS Project for 50% for him. He has a number of tasks assigned to him that can be done in parallel. How do I configure ...
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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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Microsoft Project - view resources in hours not percentage

I had assigned resources to tasks in Microsoft Project gantt chart and I would like to see them in hours per resource, not percentages. I know that I can see hours in Resource Usage chart, but maybe ...
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In MS Project, how do I create a task to start with the earliest of two dependencies?

I have two tasks in Project: let's say task A's start is 1/30 and task B's start is 1/25 (end dates don't matter here). I need to create task C, which starts at the earliest possible time - in this ...
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