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What you need is a hammock task. A Hammock task is a task that depends on other tasks for both the start and finish dates. Like a hammock, the length of the task depends on the space between the two other tasks. Roughly speaking, create a task, then link the start of the hammock task to the first task, and the finish of the hammock task to the second task. ...


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Right click the mouse over a blank space on your gantt graph, choose "gridlines...", highlight "current date" and define the line color and type. I usually make it a red continuous line. Unfortunately, it is not possible to control line width.


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Resource leveling will not move remaining work forward. The resource leveling command's sole function to the resolve resource overallations. If you want to move all remaining work out of the past, use the Tools > Tracking, Update Project, Reschedule uncompleted work to start after command. Do not keep changing the Project start date. Set your status date (...


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Pardon me for bumping in. You are dealing with two different ideas. Duration and work. Duration is the value you enter in the duration field when you create the task. It is the answer to the question "how long is this going to take?". When you assign resources Project, unless told differently by you, calculates the work using the following formula: ...


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There is no conditional formatting in Project, but you can achieve what you need through custom flag fields and some bar style formatting. In the Status field there are four possible results: Complete, On Schedule, Late, or Future. What color bars do you want to show for each status? I'll walk you through the process.


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More than probably your task is set by default as "Fixed Units" so the initial 22 hours of work are not kept fixed. Now 217.13 days * 8 hours/day = 1737 hours (the task duration in hours) Whenever you add a new resource in "Resource names" column MS Project tries to guess what you want to do. And by default he believes you are adding a new resource with ...


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This can happen when your summary tasks (or any children summary) tasks have resources assigned. It can also happen when a child task is external, e.g. located in an external project file. So, check to make sure that none of your summary tasks have resources assigned, and none of the have predecessors or successors assigned. If your project file has ...


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Enter the tasks for your process into MS Project, including durations, predecessors, successors in addition to other key items (e.g. assigned resources) you may want to track. Create a task called "START". Give it zero days duration with no assigned resources. Set this task as the sole predecessor for the first task in your process. When you want to run the ...


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Whilst David's answer is the right one in an ideal world, it is possible to achieve what you want by: Removing all the columns depicting start and end times (or moving the Gantt chart margin over them so they don't show), and Modifying the timescale appropriately- For example if you double-click on the timescale headings and remove all but one tier, then ...


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Have you considered exporting the relevant data to Excel? If you display the Task Sheet (use the View ribbon) you can certainly save that view as PDF as well. Saving as PDF just prints the current view to a PDF printer. I would filter and show only the tasks of interest - instead of saving the entire list.


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Other possible solution would be to upload your MS Project file to google drive. Once there, try to open it and a popup will display asking you to use a couple of free tools: 1. Gantter for google drive 2. Project viewer for google drive Then, I guess you can share the file with your team. Another option would be to use Office 365 online. In that way, you ...


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This is no different than the probabilistic of weather events and those projects that can be affected by weather. And it is even similar to the probabilistic availability and performance of labor and machine resources. The key is to understand the distribution of weather impact on the mountain over many years. This means, in order to properly plan work on ...


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If you have deleted all the bars with the exception of the Baseline Bars, you should not be seeing dependency lines nor start and finish dates. When you attempt to print, have you removed the modifications you made? If I follow your steps, I don't see anything except the baseline bars. My suggestion: Make your modified view a new view. Open the modified ...


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A use case might be procurement of a service/software that is a pay-as-you-go service that won't be used until a certain release point. You want to wait as long as possible before procurement to ensure you're not wasting money up front. There are a lot of other use cases.


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TL;DR Microsoft Project is for project planning. It is not a replacement for other documents and processes. There is no such thing as an "MS Project Change Request." Handling Change Requests A change request is generally a formal document requesting changes to the specifications of a deliverable. It is up to the project manager and the rest of the team to ...


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There are a few issues in sequencing: 1. if I sequence the tasks with just the predecessors, the Gantt chart will be very hard to read--it's hard to read already as we have so many tasks Task links should be based on the reality of the work. Don't be concerned about how the Gantt Chart looks. If there are too many link lines showing, modify the chart to ...


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A popular package is OnTime but it is really scrum / agile oriented. Other candidates are Trello, DevComplete, and good old Borland does nothing else these days. One of my favorites is YouTrack which actually started out as a bug tracking system but is moving more towards a project management system. It is free for 9 users and 3000 issues with some other ...


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I'm not sure that I understand the question, but it sounds to me like you're asking for the To Complete Performance Index or TCPI. Roughly speaking, the TCPI answers, "How far behind are we, and how much are we going to have to accellerate in order to make our deadline?" The TCPI is TCPI = (Work Remaining)/(Budget Remaining) Of course that assumes that ...


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If you determined where you are by using earned value and your EVMS is credible, you can apply this formula: ECR=(BAC-BCWP)CAR*remaining PoP in years where CAR=(BAC/Planned FTE)/PoP This should result in the level of FTE at which you will need to operate in order to catch up to the schedule by the end of the PoP. You can run this same formula, ...


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In MS Project, first list down all your resources and their allocations. This can be done from View > Resource Sheet screen, for example like the screenshot given below: Then assign tasks to the resources, for example: MS Project will automatically display that the resource is 50%. Note that in the sample, Dev4 has been assigned 2 overlapping tasks. This ...


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Duration is measured in days or weeks. It differs from work in that it includes time not associated with work. For example, the work to pour concrete might be four hours. The duration of the concrete would be a few days to allow it to dry and cure. There is no "work" during that time. Typically, it is best to set your work packages as "fixed duration". ...


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There are two easy ways of doing this: Go to the "Resource Usage" view. Go you get there differs slightly depending on which version of Project you are using, but look for a Views menu or on Project 2010, look at the leftmost button on the Task tab (by default) for your Views selection. This will give you the actual time allocated for each resource in the ...


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Once you have established your schedule and you are satisfied with everything, you need to create a schedule baseline. The dates in the start and finish columns will populate the baseline start and finish and these will not change unless you re-baseline. The actual start and finish column should reflect reality. The start and finish columns should reflect ...


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@Tobias & Haotian, A summary task is not 100% complete until all of its subtasks (even milestones) are 100% complete. When the milestones are widely spread (as your example) the span between the milestones is not counted as duration. Although task 140 spans from end of February to early July unless there are additional tasks with duration > 0, the % ...


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The term usually used is "Candidate Pool" / "Succession pool". This usually includes candidates that you are planning to at least keep in mind in case you'll need to expand your workforce.


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This constraint makes sense when you have a task with any of the following characteristics: It can take place at any point in time, up to a point, but there is a future event/date/task by which it must be done There are higher priority tasks which you would prefer take place before said task, but which are not literal predecessors of the task There is an ...


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A simpler reason is if you are dealing with something that has a short expiration window, such as fresh shrimp or ice without freezer space. You would want the delivery to come "Just-in-time" or as late as possible.


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Insert the task Leveling Delay field into a table and read the unit abbreviation from there. Leveling Delay is always in elapsed days. This will give you the answer in any language. German for elapsed days is fTage.


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TL;DR There is no silver bullet. However, it is likely that your organization needs to adopt a more comprehensive set of agile tools and practices to reduce unnecessary or burdensome documentation. Agile Practices Often Deliver Better Documentation Your question is possibly too broad to answer, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that your ...


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Milestones don't directly affect resource allocation. They are just another element in your schedule (tasks, summary tasks, and milestones). Milestones are scheduled the same way tasks are except they have no duration. It is likely that the milestone you are referring to was being used as an anchor to prevent an overlap of resources. As an anchor, I mean ...


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