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"On Hold" Indication RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    1. Is there a way, we can put  a project in MS 2010 on hold?

    2. If possible, can there be some indication in Project center that a certain project is on hold?

    I have searched the web and found that we can use “reschedule uncompleted tasks “to a certain date in Update Project option in Project toolbar.

    But if someone has some other points to share, you are welcome!

    Regards,


    R A A

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 8:04 AM

Answers

  • ARaja --
     
    1.  Microsoft Project 2010 is a scheduling tool, so it needs a date when work will resume.  Put in an estimated date, as best as you can determine, and then change it later if need be.
     
    2.  The PM will need to manually enter a value in the custom enterprise Flag field to state that the project is on hold.
     
    Hope this helps.
     

    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
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    • Marked as answer by ARaja Monday, November 26, 2012 9:17 AM
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:29 PM
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All replies

  • Araja --
     
    1.  To put a project on hold, I would recommend that you select the tasks that must be put on hold and then use the Move Task feature in the Tasks section of the Task ribbon.  Using this feature, reschedule the tasks into the future to represent when you believe the project will resume.
     
    2.  Since you are using Project Server 2010, your Project Server administrator could create a custom enterprise project Flag field called On Hold.  He/she could also include Graphical Indicators with the On Hold field to show a red flag or some other symbol to indicate the project is on hold.
     
    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"

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 12:09 PM
    Moderator
  • Don't forget to tell the project team about the hold. Amongst other things you may want to prevent them from making any updates via My Tasks by closing the project to updates until the hold is removed.

     Graham

    Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:50 PM
  • Hi Dale,

    1. Thank you for sharing the useful information, I am using the same procedure, but what in case when dates of restart are not certain?

    2. Fine, we will add a custom enterprise project flag like mentioned, but can you help me in setting criteria. How will we say that a certain project is on hold based on the fields? Are you saying to manually fill that field with YES or NO based on fact that a project is on hold or not?

    I am looking forward to hear soon from you.

    Regards


    R A A

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 10:05 AM
  • ARaja --
     
    1.  Microsoft Project 2010 is a scheduling tool, so it needs a date when work will resume.  Put in an estimated date, as best as you can determine, and then change it later if need be.
     
    2.  The PM will need to manually enter a value in the custom enterprise Flag field to state that the project is on hold.
     
    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"

    • Marked as answer by ARaja Monday, November 26, 2012 9:17 AM
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 12:29 PM
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  • In addition to Dales fabulous answers, if the tasks are on-hold, they are currently "inactive".  Why not use the Inactivate button for the tasks that are currently on hold?  I also seem to think (though i have never tried it) that any assignments for inactive tasks will not be published, thereby removing the assignments from the users "My Tasks" view, so they cannot be updated by Team Members.

    Ben Howard [MVP] blog | web

    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:26 PM
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