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Is there any Planning Tool in Project 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Dear Experts,

    is there any planning tool in MS Project which allows automatic planning according to free resources? Forward planning. backward planning, ...

    Thank you very much for your answers.

    Kindly regards,

    Radek

    Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:23 PM

Answers

  • Hi all,

    Just to complete Ismet's answer: in fact you do not need to select the direction (forward/backward) of the plan calculation, Project always and automatically does both: you can show early start/early finish as well as late start/late finish at all times whatever the setting in Project Infomation.

    Greetings,


    Saturday, October 15, 2011 5:06 PM
    Moderator
  • Hello Radek,

    MS Project is a planning and scheduling tool. Pls check that showcase video to learn more on Project 2010 here at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/showcase/details.aspx?uuid=61f0c277-4cf4-4ccc-ac55-9f15a311f087

    >> automatic planning according to free resources

    MS Project does not assign resources automatically. 

    >> Forward planning. backward planning

    MS Project allows to determine the direction of scheduling (Project tab | Project Information, in the Properties group).


    Regards. --Ismet


    Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:58 PM

All replies

  • Hello Radek,

    MS Project is a planning and scheduling tool. Pls check that showcase video to learn more on Project 2010 here at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/showcase/details.aspx?uuid=61f0c277-4cf4-4ccc-ac55-9f15a311f087

    >> automatic planning according to free resources

    MS Project does not assign resources automatically. 

    >> Forward planning. backward planning

    MS Project allows to determine the direction of scheduling (Project tab | Project Information, in the Properties group).


    Regards. --Ismet


    Saturday, October 15, 2011 3:58 PM
  • Hi all,

    Just to complete Ismet's answer: in fact you do not need to select the direction (forward/backward) of the plan calculation, Project always and automatically does both: you can show early start/early finish as well as late start/late finish at all times whatever the setting in Project Infomation.

    Greetings,


    Saturday, October 15, 2011 5:06 PM
    Moderator
  • Radek,

    I believe you are looking for a way to plan according to resource limitations (constrained by resource availability).  The answers provided by Imset and Jan are 100% correct - project requires user input regarding resource assignments, regardless of availability.

    There are add-ins available on the market that assist with decision making, with regards to different resource based scenarios.  One of the new ones is called "Complete Critical Paths" and will become available soon (12-1-11).

    http://www.projectprocorp.com/products.php

    I do not have any first-hand knowledge of this add-in but other colleagues have said that Eric Uyttewaal has a great handle on Dynamic Scheduling.

    Regards,


    Gregg D. Richie, PMP, MCTS; Author, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Official Academic Course Series
    Tuesday, October 18, 2011 3:41 PM