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Question on MS Project scheduling RRS feed

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  • Hi, I have a fundamental question. Here's an example of what I am trying to do.

    Defined the tasks, dependencies and duration. Now I am defining the same resource against all the tasks. So when I define the resource against task c (project 2), it moves the start date for task 3 (project 1). I DO NOT want this happen. In order to avoid this, I am having to create a dependency between the Project 1 and Project 2 task (when there's no technical dependency really) i.e. make task c (of project 2) successor of task 3 (of project 1) otherwise task 3 of project 1 gets scheduled after task c of project 2. But I should not have to create this dependency as I am assigning the resource top down so MSP should really move the starting dates of the subsequent tasks. It's easily working with 6 tasks and 1 resource but not with 100s of tasks & multiple resources. 

    ID Name Duration Start Finish Predecessors Outline Level
    1 Service 12.d 17/02/2014 08:00 04/03/2014 17:00   1
    2 Project 1 12.d 17/02/2014 08:00 04/03/2014 17:00   2
    3 Task1 2.d 17/02/2014 08:00 18/02/2014 17:00   3
    4 Task2 2.d 21/02/2014 08:00 24/02/2014 17:00 3 3
    5 Task3 2.d 03/03/2014 08:00 04/03/2014 17:00 4 3
    6 Project 2 8.d 19/02/2014 08:00 28/02/2014 17:00   2
    7 Task a 2.d 19/02/2014 08:00 20/02/2014 17:00   3
    8 Task b 2.d 25/02/2014 08:00 26/02/2014 17:00 7 3
    9 Task c 2.d 27/02/2014 08:00 28/02/2014 17:00 8 3


    Regards,

    Monday, February 17, 2014 3:25 PM

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  • I'm not sure where the dates and durations are coming from but if you want Project to automatically move tasks based upon resource assignments, you'll need to level the project.  If you want the "Project1" tasks done before the Project 2 tasks, set a higher priority for the Project 2 tasks.

    Then level the resource using the Priority Standard setting in Leveling Options.

    Monday, February 17, 2014 4:56 PM
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  • Thanks for your reply. Can I set higher priority for the summary task Project 1 instead of individual tasks under Project1?
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:30 AM
  • No, sorry.  Unless Project1 is truly a separate project and you are working with consolidated master projects, the summary task does not roll down to the subtasks.  However, you can insert the Priority field in a task view and copy/paste or fill down to apply the higher priority (higher number) to the Project 1 tasks. (I realize in re-reading my reply to you above, that I incorrectly said to set a higher priority on Project 2 - the tasks you want to move through leveling should have a lower priority).
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:51 PM
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