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Manual Schedule not working when tasks linked RRS feed

  • Question

  • when I have a manual task with successor automated scheduled tasks, the combination works as expected where changes to the manual task push out or bring in the successor linked automated tasks.

    when autoscheduled tasks preceed a manual task and they are linked, the manual task predecessor is treated as an autoscheduled task and it is brought back to the autoscheduled tasks.  I expected the link from the autoscheculed tasks to simply be drawn tot he manual scheduled task and the date not be "overwritten" by the preceeding autoscheduled tasks. In essence, the fact that the succusessor task is a manual scheduled task is overwritten and it is treated like an autoscheduled task. What am I missing?

    Friday, June 3, 2011 4:12 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I don't see Dates for a manual task overwritten with an Auto predecessor. It remain same and become dotted to show some scheduling inspection need, when you click on the task in Gantt view it opens Task Inspector which says : either you make the manual successor as Auto or respect the link. When you select respect the link it does make it Auto.

    But if you see the logic behind :

    Task               Duration           Start           Finish

    Auto Task        2d                   6-jun          7-jun

    Manual            3d                   8-jun          10-jun   /this is successor to Auto Task

    Now if you change duration of Auto to 3d then, Auto Finish on 8-jun, so either Manual task now can either start on 9th (respecting link) or let be started on 8th following its Manual nature choice is your's. The tool has given you both the options. When you Respect the link the Start date would always be depended on your Auto so that snap off Manual feature of flexible Start Date for this task so it becomes Auto. Hope this explains.


    Sapna S
    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:07 PM
    Moderator
  • hijohninnm --

    When you initially link an Auto Scheduled task to a Manually Scheduled task, Microsoft Project 2010 honors the dependency and sets the schedule of the Manually Scheduled task, as needed.  After you specify the initial dependency relationship, then the system honors the Manually Scheduled task information.  This means that if the Auto Scheduled predecessor task slips, the Manually Scheduled task DOES NOT slip, and instead, the system displays a schedule warning for the Manually Scheduled task using a red wavy underline in the Finish field and displaying "chopped up" borders on the task's Gantt bar.  If the Auto Scheduled task finishes early, the Manually Scheduled task DOES NOT start earlier; instead, the software displays a schedule suggestion for the Manually Scheduled task using a green wavy underline in the Finish field.  Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:31 PM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    I don't see Dates for a manual task overwritten with an Auto predecessor. It remain same and become dotted to show some scheduling inspection need, when you click on the task in Gantt view it opens Task Inspector which says : either you make the manual successor as Auto or respect the link. When you select respect the link it does make it Auto.

    But if you see the logic behind :

    Task               Duration           Start           Finish

    Auto Task        2d                   6-jun          7-jun

    Manual            3d                   8-jun          10-jun   /this is successor to Auto Task

    Now if you change duration of Auto to 3d then, Auto Finish on 8-jun, so either Manual task now can either start on 9th (respecting link) or let be started on 8th following its Manual nature choice is your's. The tool has given you both the options. When you Respect the link the Start date would always be depended on your Auto so that snap off Manual feature of flexible Start Date for this task so it becomes Auto. Hope this explains.


    Sapna S
    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:07 PM
    Moderator
  • hijohninnm --

    When you initially link an Auto Scheduled task to a Manually Scheduled task, Microsoft Project 2010 honors the dependency and sets the schedule of the Manually Scheduled task, as needed.  After you specify the initial dependency relationship, then the system honors the Manually Scheduled task information.  This means that if the Auto Scheduled predecessor task slips, the Manually Scheduled task DOES NOT slip, and instead, the system displays a schedule warning for the Manually Scheduled task using a red wavy underline in the Finish field and displaying "chopped up" borders on the task's Gantt bar.  If the Auto Scheduled task finishes early, the Manually Scheduled task DOES NOT start earlier; instead, the software displays a schedule suggestion for the Manually Scheduled task using a green wavy underline in the Finish field.  Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:31 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi,

    But isnt't it so that when in Foile Menu, Options, Schedule, the option "Manual Tasks respect links.." is OFF, the link is never honored, even when first introduced?

    Friday, June 3, 2011 5:53 PM
    Moderator