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Can a task duration auto update? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm currently working a project where there are start and completion dates which are influenced by various task between them. After the completion date I am trying to show a task for 'project management' which runs from the start to completion date. Is there a way I can link this so that if the completion date changes then the project management duration will auto update? I know this is possible if I make it a summary task but I'd rather display it as a task if possible?

    Thanks

    Stuart

    Monday, August 3, 2015 8:48 AM

Answers

  • Hi Stuart,

    You could create a "project management" hammock task. This type of task, using a copy-paste special between dates, will update directly the start/finish dates based on other tasks' dates. Note that once the hammock task created, you could set it as fixed unit and assign a resource (project manager) at a certain unit (50% for example) and when the hammock task gets updated, the assignment will also be.

    Here are some references:

    • http://www.epmstrategy.com/microsoft-project-the-hammock-task/
    • http://www.mpug.com/forums/topic/how-to-create-a-task-that-automatically-spans-the-entire-project-duration/
    • https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/141733

    Be careful not to create to many hammock tasks since it could quickly become unreadable. Indeed the task ID linked to your hammock task is not displayed in the predecessor/successor column, thus it could be confusing. I suggest to write those information in the notes field.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller |

    Monday, August 3, 2015 9:02 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Stuart,

    You could create a "project management" hammock task. This type of task, using a copy-paste special between dates, will update directly the start/finish dates based on other tasks' dates. Note that once the hammock task created, you could set it as fixed unit and assign a resource (project manager) at a certain unit (50% for example) and when the hammock task gets updated, the assignment will also be.

    Here are some references:

    • http://www.epmstrategy.com/microsoft-project-the-hammock-task/
    • http://www.mpug.com/forums/topic/how-to-create-a-task-that-automatically-spans-the-entire-project-duration/
    • https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/141733

    Be careful not to create to many hammock tasks since it could quickly become unreadable. Indeed the task ID linked to your hammock task is not displayed in the predecessor/successor column, thus it could be confusing. I suggest to write those information in the notes field.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MVP, P-Seller |

    Monday, August 3, 2015 9:02 AM
    Moderator
  • Although it is possible and feasible to create a hammock task, and it is well worth knowing how it is done, is it worth the bother?

    Why not just adjust the duration of that long task to be 1 day shorter than the overall duration of the project, as you update the progress each week and there is a new project finish date?

    Just because something can be done does not always mean that it is a good idea.

    Monday, August 3, 2015 10:37 AM