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How can I do Change Request on Microsoft Project?

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 ...
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Complex project schedule

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 ...
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Use elapsed days in german ms project

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 ...
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Need help- Documentation for non-technical people using Agile

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. ...
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Microsoft Project - how to calculate start dates based on a set time from the finish date?

This is what's called a backward pass. You want to calculate the task dates based on a fixed project finish date. To do this: Create your tasks and link them together. For the last task, set a ...
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Milestone behavior in MS Project

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 ...
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What is a good example of a project to use to demonstrate how to build a Microsoft Project Schedule

I think the best example would be building a house (image source): Although people might not have built houses before, they have seen it happen at some point or another, and there is a good ...
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Interviewing for MS Project skills

Q - How do you make MS Project information available and understandable for non PM team members? A - Typically this will involve views printed to PDF, exports to Excel, sometimes people have ...
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How to sort by task numbers?

You should be able to sort by Task ID, save the file. The view should hold the sort by ID order. If you have done a lot of manual formatting changes to the view, it's possible it is corrupt. You can ...
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Duration vs Work

I am going to answer this question in a completely different way. My answer will not technically answer your question but may provide you with another alternative in building your schedule. First, ...
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Why the comparisons between % complete and % planned complete is meaningless?

It's not meaningless from a concept point of view. It is unreliable from an operations point of view if performed poorly, which most are. It is performed poorly for many reasons: 1) it's hard to ...
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How do I identify critical path in MS Project?

Standard Answer: 1. Check the "Critical Tasks" box in the Bar Styles group of the Format ribbon. That will enable the red bars on the bar chart. OR 2. Apply the built-in "Critical" filter in the Data ...
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MS Project - Predecessor 'or'

You can't. "Or" relationships aren't supported in MSP (nor in any other mainstream project scheduling tool that I know of.)
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Resource-Task table in MS Project

Yes. You can create an Excel Visual Report. In the “Report” tab, select “Visual Reports”. In the dialog, select any Excel report from the “Assignment usage” tab (the “Baseline Work Report” worked for ...
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How to effectively implement Scrum for a small project (max duration 6 months) with defined project deadlines?

Perhaps the most important question is: why do you want to? There are a lot of groups out there that they that "Agile Development Practices" will make a traditional project complete faster. While ...
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Should activities before kick-off meeting be represented in a Schedule Plan

The work you do before you have contract is of no concern to the customer. The customer would not care what you did, how much it cost you, whether you had issues doing that work, etc. If you added ...
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EVM and Schedule Variance

I cannot speak to how MS Project calculates EV data; however, using earned value to analyze your schedule is not advised. SV and SPI becomes 0 and 1.0 respectively as the task or project finishes. ...
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MS Project - Task constraints based on dates of other tasks

You should be able to do this by linking tasks and creating dependencies between them. From memory, while on the Gantt screen, ensure that the Predecessor column is shown. In the example you give, let'...
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I only have resource man hours? not their names. How would I assign these manhours in MS Project without resource names

Resources can be groups of people: engineers, QA, etc. Create resources where the name is the type of worker, not the name of a specific worker and assign those to the tasks. Then you look at the ...
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I only have resource man hours? not their names. How would I assign these manhours in MS Project without resource names

Define roles rather than people. Unless it matters that "Sally" does the work instead of "John," you can use roles like developer, tester, architect, engineer, machinist, or ...
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How to import Actual Work to MS Project 2013 from CSV

You should use import map in import wizard to achieve this. For more details you can refer to the following article 6 Practical Scenarios Where Excel Import is Useful - http://www.mpug.com/articles/6-...
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How to stop ms-project from changing task dates

These people are completely wrong. It is not inconsistent with the design of Project. Project is absolutely designed to deal with tasks that have to start on a particular date regardless of what ...
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Using MS project for overview with TFS to control the details of a mechanical development project

If you are looking to forecast sprints as part of Scrum then i would avoid the user of MS Project at all costs. You would be better served looking at a Release Burndown or just simply projecting ...
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Is there a way to links tasks that have overlapped dates?

Link the tasks as Finish-to-Finish instead of the default Finish-to-Start. Change the Predecessor field to say 2FF.
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Custom Field Formula for MSP

This will skip non-numeric values in the Text fields: IIf(IsNumeric([Text1]) And IsNumeric([Text4]),[Text1]-[Text4],"") Normally, numeric values are stored in number fields (e.g. Number1, Number4), ...
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Why is MS Project 2016 Showing a $0 for BCWP on a completed task

An important aspect of both BCWS and BCWP is that they are time-phased values. Their values will change based on the date values of a task's baseline start and the project status date. This ...
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Calculating the Difference Between Actual Start Date and Baseline Start Date

You may not need to calculate it- Just add the 'Start Variance' column into your view- that will automatically show the difference between Start and Baseline Start. Whilst this is not the same as ...
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Working (part of) an MS Project schedule backwards

What you have set up should work under most circumstances. My guess is that you have a later task linked to Task 50 through successors that has a Must Finish On date. Try changing the MFO date(s) to ...
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MS Project - Span a task over many days AND allow successor to start right after

I think if you add the peak units field to the time scaled portion of the Resource Usage view - you will have your answer. Maxine is assigned at 67% Assignment Units to task 3 (3 hours of work each ...
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Opening sub-projects from within the Master Project

No direct method that I know of. If the inserted subprojects are linked to the master, you can copy the file path from the Inserted task Information dialog (Advanced tab). Paste into file explorer. ...
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