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Questions tagged [tasks]

Questions relating to the management of individual tasks in a project or within project management software.

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How can I show short tasks (less than 8 hours) in a JIRA Gantt chart?

I recently installed a few apps (like BigPicture) which help you see the order of work of each programmer. The problem is that when I link some tasks with estimates less than one work day, the Gantt ...
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“Start to finish” dependency example?

Can you give me an example of a Start to Finish dependency? Wikipedia describes it like this: Start to finish (SF) A SF B = B can't finish before A starts
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Is it possible to show the percentage of completed task in the Timeline in MS Project?

I am using Microsoft Project 2013. I would like to visualize in the Timeline the percentage of completed task, for example 33%... Is this possible ?
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Error on task dependencies after reschedule

Assumptions before reschedule: Task 1 Finish Date: 1/30/2011 Task 2 depends on Task 1 by Finish-to-Start constraint (without any leads/lags) and thus start on 1/31/2011 After reschedule, Microsoft ...
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MS Project - how to set a task to finish before else start after a set period

I'm trying to set a task to either be wholly complete by 1st Dec, if not then start after 1st Jan (i.e. don't start at all if it can't be completed by 1st Dec). I don't want to split the task. Is ...
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I want to create a summary task without indenting the subtasks

Is there a way to create a highlevel task that will summarize all the subordinate tasks without indenting the subtasks?
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How can you represent a task which only takes place at specific days on MS Project?

I want to represent a task which only takes place at specific days on MS Project: for example, on 01/01/2018 between 9:00 and 11:00, on 03/03/2018 between 10:00 and 12:00 and on 12/03/2018 between 11:...
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Why are tasks split while updating plan?

I inserted the actual start for updating a task and then inserted the %comp and reschedule and resource leveling for the plan with ms project 2013. The problem is that the task has been split in ...
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Ms project - Avoid task split up in minutes

I am trying to update my ms project plan with the following: - replan al 0% and partly completed tasks from the new status date. - Tasks can be split up - Plan based on priority and available time for ...
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How to Kick off a Task with just 1 predecessor complete

So I have Task A,B,C, Task B is based on CSF-5, (needs to have finish date 5 days prior to C date), but I want the task to kick off as soon as Task A is completed. Is there a way to set that? ...
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MS Project - Summary Task split by leveling

I have a summary task, and have the 'Leveling Can Split' option set to No. The four subtasks which are in sequence, also have LCS set to No. In the Leveling options I also have 'Leveling can create ...
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In Microsoft Project how to get change in resource max units to cascade to tasks automatically

I had already defined a bunch of tasks, and assigned resources 1 and 2. The durations of the tasks were calculated on the resources Max Units availability at the time of assignment. Later I went ...
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What is the difference between Epic/Story/Task

I am slightly confused between the three. From my understanding: Epic - Create a web site (T shirt size) (L) Story - Create the Home page (1 point) Task - Create a button on the home page that is ...
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How do you calculate the number of days between two tasks in Microsoft Project?

I've created an event planning project that explains all of the relevant tasks before, during, and after a given event in MS Project 2003. I would like to calculate the number of days between a given ...
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How to correctly define tasks in a user story? And can you split the tasks between sprints?

I'm fairly new to Scrum and I'm working with a group of colleagues on a project to learn more about it. Long story short our project is simply creating a website for tourists of our country where they ...
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Is it possible to give accurate estimates and planning without tracking time for tasks?

I work within a small team of developers. We don't track our time so we have no data to work off when we give estimates. Basically, I'm wondering if it's possible to have a successful plan and give ...
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EOT and LOT vs EET and LET

Are the Earliest Occurrence time and Latest occurrence time same as the Earliest Event time and Latest event time or are they different? If they are different can you please explain to me what are EOT ...
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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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How to create a “smart” checklist in excel or google sheets?

We have a need to create a template checklist for our workflow and at a past job we had a template checklist that had various tabs for each process of the workshare that needed to be complete. For ...
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MS Project Calendar

I'm new MS Project user; I'm trying to sync my Ms Project 2016 calendar with Outlook 2013, I want tasks due dates give notification in Outlook. How can I do that?
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MS Projects show task always in timesheet

I am currently using Microsoft projects 2016 with time sheets. How can i create a task which is always shown in my time sheet with 0 planned work time? I have administrative tasks beside my project ...
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Should Summary Tasks or Detail Tasks be Predecessors?

When setting up a project, what are the advantages and disadvantages to using Summary Tasks vs Detail tasks as predecessors? If it matters, I am experimenting with MS Project 2010 as a tool.
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How to deal with a team that fails to complete a task?

I had been in a situation where details about the task and the target to be followed have been explained to the team. However, in spite of multiple follow-ups, they fail to complete the defined tasks ...
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How to model extended period of 'searching for product' tasks in MS-Project?

We run a sale of second hand goods from clients. We would set a target say 200 items this season and start contacting people we know who have items they want to sell. We would spend about 2 months ...
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ProjectLibre: One person two tasks at the same time

I'm trying to schedule a few tasks in ProjectLibre and I'm also fairly new to PM The problem Suppose we have Person1, and he'scheduled on two tasks (100%): Install device (duration=1hr) Test ...
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Tool to track recurrent tasks [closed]

There are many great tools helping you to manage your projects or just to track team tasks. But I am looking for a tool to track recurrent tasks of my team. For example, there are lot's of tasks like ...
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How to split or manage a PBI/User Story in multiple sprints for different task types

We're struggling to break Product Backlog Items (PBIs)/User Stories into Sprint-sized chunks as we have multiple steps that need to be completed in a linear fashion. Each release goes through ...
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Is formal tasking required on a Scrum Team

I understand formal Agile-Scrum tasking as the practice of documenting tasks and estimating task hours for each story or product backlog item a team commits to in an iteration. A task defines part of ...
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MSProject show main resource on Summary tasks

How can I show the main (resource with maximum hours) for Summary tasks. I suspect I would need to set a custom text field to show this, but how would I structure this? thanks
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Can I break down a vertical story into horizontal tasks?

My team and I are implementing Scrum in our project. We are at the phase of dividing user stories into tasks to assign to each developer. I understand the concept of Slicing the Cake where a user ...
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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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Finding a to-do app to track a particular set of daily tasks given to the team [closed]

We are a small team of developers. We have created a product in text messaging field. Now we have hired few guys for increasing seo of our product website. We have created a list of tasks (...
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Is creating a task to write many stories appropriate?

At my company, we often have meetings where we brainstorm / plan for next steps for our projects. After the meetings, I feel like I have a bunch of stories to write, and creating thorough and ...
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How should I control a programming project's progress?

We have a startup and it is our first experience. We want to create a mobile application and its website implementation. We have 3 main parts: Mobile application Website application A server that ...
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What are the benefits of queuing tasks as opposed to assigning them?

When something needs to be done, be it a new task or getting help with an existing one, a knee-jerk reaction I've often seen in the wild is finding a person to do it. Here are some random examples of ...
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Adding new tasks to the current baseline

I would like to ask what the best approach would be in the following scenario. I have a project with all the tasks. I've created the baseline but my boss comes and says: I need you to add these other ...
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Best practice to register additional tasks

I am relatively new to the Scrum way of working and was wondering what to do with small tasks. Besides the main User Stories, we always end up with additional requirements or small changes after the ...
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Vertical slices with split disciplines

We have a DevOps team which includes a BA, .NET developers and SAP developers. The .NET and SAP developers can and will only work on their particular discipline. Some of our stories involve only .NET ...
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Any ideas for mixing a kanban with taskboards

I am the PM of a small team of 6 programmers, recently we are trying to go more agile by including in our workflow some principles or techniques of XP, scrum, scrumban and lean. A very important ...
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How do I group tasks in MS-Project?

This is my first ms-project. I want to plan the production and external operations of our plant. Production of reference #1 is something that will likely happen every 4 to 6 weeks (every time I ...
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MS Project autoschedule - full days of work are bleeding into next day

I'm scheduling weeks of work in Microsoft Project (2013) wherein each task will normally take a full day of work/duration for a crew. I'm scheduling them for 10-hour days and the duration of the work ...
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How to manage very small, easy tasks in Agile?

Let's say you have a bug on your website. Your developer needs to fix some CSS or something. He estimates it will take him one minute to fix. What is the best way to manage these kinds of tasks? Do ...
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How to factor in story points/tasks for non sprint related items?

I understand that in general you create stories with story point complexity, and then define tasks and subtasks in which to mark time against, but how does this translate into items that are outside ...
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What level of detail should I include in epics?

I am writing user stories for a new project. One of my epics is: As a company owner I want a graphical profile so I can build my visual identity. And then there are multiple user stories linked to ...
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Scrum - What and when is the best process to task a user story card in this environment

We are organized around a Scrum process with 2 week sprints that utilize Project -> Epics -> Features -> Stories -> Tasks I am assigned to an Epic expected to take 3 developers for 6 weeks. The ...
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Various resource assignments for different portions of a task

Consider two tasks (Task 1 and Task 2), as well as two resources (Developer 1 and Developer 2). Task 1 and 2 respectively require 1 and 2 days from start to finish. I want to make the following ...
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How should we deal with interdependent tasks in Scrum?

When talking about blockers on the Scrum board, I realized that we might have interdependent tasks. For example, database design is dependent on some activities in UX flow. Or maybe there is a later ...
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How to visualize and manage task dependencies?

I often have the need to achieve a specified goal (e.g. deliver a piece of software functionality). At the start of the work I identify the goal and can list some tasks needed to bring about the ...
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Jira Sprint Structure for Software Team

As I see it, we have three levels: Epic - Broad view of what would be nice to do. (Usually more then a Sprint) Let pay for our service with credit cards Story - More defined and structured view. (...
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Can QA test in-progress tasks? How are bugs reported for incomplete stories?

I have recently been moved to a new team. There are a lot of practices that I think are not on terms with the Scrum Guide but for now I want to discuss two strange practices. While we developers are ...