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Contour help RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,
    I have an issue. When I add a contour, MS Project increases my duration by 1.6 days, therefore the end date moves as well.
    The reason it does that is if the resource, in the flat contour, works 4hr/day, the backloaded contour basically will start out low, and go no higher than 4hr/day towards the end. Therefore duration has to increase. I don't want that. What I want is to start each resource low, but than towards the end go above 4 hrs to make up for lost time before and keep the duration the same and the end date the same. Can this be done?

    Thanks
    Sunday, November 13, 2011 8:35 PM

Answers

  • gvayl --

    The very nature of work contours causes them to increase the Duration of the task.  You can create a manual contour where you manually type the Work hours to conform to the time period you want.  But if you use the default work contours that ship with Microsoft Project, the software will ALWAYS increase the Duration after you apply the work contour.  What I like to do is to apply one of the default work contours, such as the Front Loaded contour, and then manually retype the Work hours the way I want to see the work contoured.  Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
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    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Sunday, November 13, 2011 9:05 PM
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  • gvayl --

    The very nature of work contours causes them to increase the Duration of the task.  You can create a manual contour where you manually type the Work hours to conform to the time period you want.  But if you use the default work contours that ship with Microsoft Project, the software will ALWAYS increase the Duration after you apply the work contour.  What I like to do is to apply one of the default work contours, such as the Front Loaded contour, and then manually retype the Work hours the way I want to see the work contoured.  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"

    Sunday, November 13, 2011 9:05 PM
    Moderator
  • Ok...how would I do this then. I have a task that will be performed say between the 1st of the month and the 30th. I don't know when the person will perform the task...but I want to show that they may be working it of and on over the 30 days even though the work for this task will be say 24 hours...3 days. I was hoping to use the contour to make a simulation of this effect.
    Monday, November 14, 2011 12:53 AM
  • gvayl --

    In that scenario, you do not need a work contour at all.  Why don't you make it a Fixed Duration task with a Duration of 20 days (or whatever the Duration would be between the 1st and the 30th) and then assign the resource at 25 hours of work?  I think that would meet your requirements better than a work contour.  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"

    Monday, November 14, 2011 1:30 AM
    Moderator
  • Yes...I agree. That would work. However my team typically will work more on a task toward the end of a due date than in the beginning. So if I had Person X working on 4 tasks at 25% all due at the same time....on paper it would look ok. But in real life this person would probably be way overloaded closer to the due dates of those tasks.

     

    Thank you, by the way, for your responses.

    Monday, November 14, 2011 3:22 AM
  • Hi,

    OK, here's what you ask for. As Dale said, Fixed Duration. THEN apply the contour. Work will change but you can set that to whet you want after that - but of course Units will change!

    Greetings,

    Monday, November 14, 2011 8:33 AM
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