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Relationship between Duration and Work fields in MPP

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 ...
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Applying conditional formatting on task status!

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: ...
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Showing Microsoft Project files to people without Project

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 ...
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How should I schedule around a resource that may be unavailable for up to 5 months a year?

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 ...
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MS Project - How to print the right Gantt diagram from custom view?

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 ...
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What is the purpose of the "as late as possible" constraint in MS Project?

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 ...
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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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How can I change the estimated dates value in MS Project 2010 without affecting plan dates?

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 ...
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% Complete confusion in MS Project 2007

@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 ...
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In resource allocation, how do you call the group of people that will be hired in the future?

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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What is the purpose of the "as late as possible" constraint in MS Project?

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 ...
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What is the purpose of the "as late as possible" constraint in MS Project?

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 ...
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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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Change default Task Type to 'Fixed Work' in Microsoft Project 2013

Yes. File > Options, Schedule category. Select "All New Projects" and set the default task type as needed. You can also edit multiple tasks by selecting them and using the Information button on the ...
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How to resolve "Circular dependency" in Microsoft Project

I finally found a easily approach. Insert a new column in MSP copy all predeccessor column value in the new custom text field(say Text1_Pred) now bulk delete all values in predeccessor column Now ...
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How to save Gantt and PERT as a GIF image?

For Microsoft Project 2007, go to Report menu and then Copy Picture.... It will show the following popup: Choose "To GIF image file" option to save the Gantt chart as a GIF file.
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Communicate a project easily without MS Project?

I agree with the previous comments and think that a kanban board could be a great solution for you. It is based on separating the board into the progress columns (the most simple approach - to do, ...
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Level Remaining Resource Units

If you set the Support task to a higher priority than the Development task it will first allocate 50% of Alfred's time to that task (assuming you have set Alfred's allocation to 50%) and then use any ...
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Changing default working hours from 8 hr/day to 4 hr/day in Microsoft project 2013?

In Microsoft Project 2007, from the top menu, go to Tools > Change Working Times. In the opened dialog, click on Options. In this new dialog box, you may change the working hours. Change Working Time ...
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Simple examples of the difference between fixed-work, fixed-unit, and fixed-duration tasks in MS Project

Loading 1000 bags of cement into a truck is a fixed-work task. Gestation is a fixed-duration and fixed unit task. It takes 100% of one resource (fixed-unit) and 9 months (fixed-time) Burning 10....
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How do you calculate extra costs incurred if a project overruns its schedule?

TL;DR There isn't really any such thing as a "daily loss" in project management, since most projects are cost centers rather than profit centers. For example, you'd be hard-pressed to treat most ...
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What does a "Contingency" Plan involve?

A contingency plan is a set of actions you would deploy when certain predefined variables have been met. Prior to those variables coming true, the plan sits on the shelf. The specific structure of ...
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Important Concepts In Project Management

I have formulated and defined the following view over many years and now use it quite successfully when I am at an interview seeking a role, and of course in real life when managing projects. ...
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What is "Lead Time"?

Lead time is the delay between the initiation and execution of a process. For example, the lead time between the placement of an order and delivery of a new car from a manufacturer may be anywhere ...
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What is "Lead Time"?

As a note, lead time in Microsoft Project is expressed as a negative value in the lag field on a predecessor/successor relationship. So if you had a two tasks: Task 1: Purchase Steel Task 2: Erect ...
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