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  • Question

  • Hi 

    In POL, I assumed that if I changed the start date of Tasks in the schedule so that Task 0 starts a week later than initially planned(via the Browser and not MS Project) and then published that it would update the Start Date field but it doesn't.  Is there any way around this if I don't want to open MS Project?

    Many thanks 

    James 




    • Edited by JamesP435 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:25 AM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:24 AM

Answers

  • James,  I think your premise is correct, you can only update the start date of a project by two methods that I am aware of.

    1. Through the Project | Project Information button in MSP

    2. Via the Start Date field in PWA (typically the details PDP).

    The project start date is independent of the earliest task start date.


    Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book | downloads | P2O

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 7:25 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi James,

    So far, I can confirm that if you change (move backward) the task which has the earliest start date (the first date in your case), it changes the project start date (so task 0 start date).

    I can also confirm that it will not change the field "project start date".

    The project start date is only used:

    • at project creation to position the first task of the template if any".


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    Hope this helps,

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:46 PM
    Moderator
  • More easy: there is a field available in the PDP which should be something like "scheduled start" (début prévu in french). It is the start date of your project plan, and not the default MS Project start date.

    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    • Marked as answer by JamesP435 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:30 PM
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All replies

  • Hi James,

    I'm not sure what you mean in the first part of your question : "I changed the start date of Tasks in the schedule so that Task 0 starts a week later". What are the steps you're doing?

    I expect you check-out the project plan from PWA and update the start date of a task? You actually cannot task 0 start date (or any data) since it is the project summary task so automatically computed based on the schedule.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 7:21 AM
    Moderator
  • James,  I think your premise is correct, you can only update the start date of a project by two methods that I am aware of.

    1. Through the Project | Project Information button in MSP

    2. Via the Start Date field in PWA (typically the details PDP).

    The project start date is independent of the earliest task start date.


    Ben Howard [MVP] | web | blog | book | downloads | P2O

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 7:25 AM
    Moderator
  • Hi Ben 

    To confirm, if in POL schedule browser view, I change the first task of the schedule which then changes task 0 (so that this is a different date to the start date field) and publish:  Are you saying that this won't update the Start Date field?

    Many thanks 

    James 




    • Edited by JamesP435 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:28 PM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:27 PM
  • Hi Guillaume 

    Can you have a quick look at my reply to Ben above

    Many thanks 

    James 




    • Edited by JamesP435 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:29 PM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 12:28 PM
  • Hi James,

    So far, I can confirm that if you change (move backward) the task which has the earliest start date (the first date in your case), it changes the project start date (so task 0 start date).

    I can also confirm that it will not change the field "project start date".

    The project start date is only used:

    • at project creation to position the first task of the template if any".


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    Hope this helps,

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:46 PM
    Moderator
  • Unfortunately for me this is bad news Guillaume.  I want to be able to change the Project Start date field from changing the tasks in the Browser view of the schedule and publishing (which is what you can do in MS Project).  

    I also know there are a lot of people wanting this because they don't want to use MS Project... hey ho.

    Thanks for your help

    James




    • Edited by JamesP435 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:51 PM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 1:51 PM
  • More easy: there is a field available in the PDP which should be something like "scheduled start" (début prévu in french). It is the start date of your project plan, and not the default MS Project start date.

    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller

    • Marked as answer by JamesP435 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM
    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 3:30 PM
    Moderator
  • A good second best. Thanks for that Guillaume

    James 




    • Marked as answer by JamesP435 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by JamesP435 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM
    • Edited by JamesP435 Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM
    Wednesday, October 10, 2018 2:17 AM