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how to fix the duration of the activities RRS feed

  • Question

  • i want to delete the following automation of ms project

    example

    I have an activity which has

    duration = 10 days

    2 resources assigned

    If I cut one resource, ms project automatically changes the duration to 20 days, and I want to delete this automatic setting, is it possible?

     

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:59 PM

Answers

  • You're very welcome and your English is just fine -- much better than my Italian.

    Setting a task as fixed duration means that the duration will not change if you change the amount of work for a resource or the number of resource assignment units.  As you were talking about adding or subtracting resources, then Effort-driven is really more of a key issue.

    You may also set the task as Fixed Duration and non-effort driven if you need to.

    See the link below for more information on Effort-driven scheduling:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/about-effort-driven-scheduling-HP045304202.aspx

    See the link below for more information about task types:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/about-task-types-HP001038014.aspx

    Even though they reference Project 2010, the information still applies for earlier releases.

    • Marked as answer by dario.bufano Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:21 PM
    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:22 PM
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All replies

  • Hi Dario.bufano,

    Ensure the task is not effort driven and the addition or removal of resources will change the total amount of work on the task, not the duration.  Double click on the name of the task to show the Task Information form, go to the Advanced tab and uncheck "Effort Driven"

    To make the change for all new tasks added, change the setting in Tools > Options, Schedule (Project 2007 or earlier) or File > Options, Schedule (Project 2010)

    I hope this helps.

    Julie

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 1:18 PM
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  • ok done

    which is the difference between

    setting type = fixed duration

    uncheckin  "Effort Driven"?

    again, sorry for my english, even because I have the italian version of MS project  and I don't know if my translations are right

    thanks twice!!

    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 1:50 PM
  • You're very welcome and your English is just fine -- much better than my Italian.

    Setting a task as fixed duration means that the duration will not change if you change the amount of work for a resource or the number of resource assignment units.  As you were talking about adding or subtracting resources, then Effort-driven is really more of a key issue.

    You may also set the task as Fixed Duration and non-effort driven if you need to.

    See the link below for more information on Effort-driven scheduling:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/about-effort-driven-scheduling-HP045304202.aspx

    See the link below for more information about task types:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-help/about-task-types-HP001038014.aspx

    Even though they reference Project 2010, the information still applies for earlier releases.

    • Marked as answer by dario.bufano Wednesday, February 8, 2012 4:21 PM
    Wednesday, February 8, 2012 2:22 PM
    Moderator