Wednesday, May 23, 2012 10:43 PM
I am desperately trying to figure out a problem I have with a schedule that has ONE TASK! This came from a larger schedule, but I pulled everything out but this one to show the problem.
The issue, is that I cannot set an actual start date. There are no resources or anything I can see that should keep this from happening.
Here is a link to the file: Version 2007 and 2010
I know it sounds very weird and like a simple issue....I would love to know what it is!
Thanks Very Much,
- Edited by Jay Sonic Wednesday, May 23, 2012 11:24 PM Title change
Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:07 AMWell, I followed your links and got the 2007 version, opened it and typed in a date in the actual start field, and it worked fine.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:59 AM
Thanks for the reply Trevor; I have been beating my head against this all day I think I may have got the issue wrong in the 2007 version. While I agree in the 2007 version of this file it seems to let you set the actual start (not sure why it does not in the 2010 version), as soon as I update the project status, the percent complete does not calculate past zero.
In the picture below:
1. After setting the actual start
2. Setting the status date
3. Updating project work (set 0 thru 100 complete) to 5/13
4. Shows the percent complete did not change
I can change the percent complete manually, but I want it calculated...What am I missing?
- Edited by Jay Sonic Thursday, May 24, 2012 2:04 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2012 3:10 AM
Yup, it's hosed. You said you pulled this from a larger project. Somehow the task got split. To correct it all you need to do is to click on Task/Schedule group/split task icon. Grab the end of the task and pull it toward the start. The task will then become a normal task and you can set an actual start date, percent complete and anything else you need to do.
How the task got to the condition it is in is anybody's guess, but fortunately the fix is easy.
Hope this helps.
- Marked As Answer by Sapna Shukla - Project MVPMVP, Moderator Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:52 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2012 4:14 AM
That was the clue I needed as I did not notice it was split. The process you mentioned seemed to work the first time I tried it, but I am having trouble replicating the result; probably too late to be doing this and I will try again in the morning.
I also found, with your help on identifying it as a split task issue, that another way to remove it is to change the duration to zero, and then change the duration back to the original value.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:14 AM
That's an easy way to fix accidentally split tasks. set to 0 duration, then back again to whatever it was supposed to be. I didn't mention the split mess with the task because I thought you knew about it, but I realise that you could not see the bar. You have to keep an eye on the bars, lots of visual clues.
Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:38 PM
Can you give more information on the history of the mpp file ? Do you exchange the file with a Project 2007 user ?
It's fixed-duration type task with a SNET constraint. Project Start date is 10-31-2011 and SNET date is 05-01-2012.
Pls also check the thread "Split Task Question in Project Professional 2007" here at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/nb-NO/projectprofessional2010general/thread/7aaa1e33-5261-4783-9a54-c12ef76ab96a
- Edited by Project User Thursday, May 24, 2012 1:51 PM