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LOE tasks does not seem to work - MS Project Server 2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • We are working with LOE tasks a lot. In essence, they are Fixed Duration tasks with "Effort Driven" turned off. We discovered that if a resource does NOT charge time to these tasks at day one, but at a later stage, MS Project will move the date.

    That is not what we want. We want the taks dates NOT TO change. If the resources are overallcoated, then OK. But we do not want the finish date to move and this does not happen. Even if we put constraints to the end date, it never works.

    Any ideas, please?

    Monday, August 19, 2013 9:13 PM

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  • Hi Johan --

    Try setting the 'Actual Start' date for the task to match the planned start date. This should 'pin down' the beginning of the task, regardless of when the first actual work hours are posted.

    This is a trick that we used in older versions of Project Server for creating 'administrative' tasks in a project schedule that we did not want to move.

    Let me know if you have any other questions or need further assistance.

    Good luck!

    -- tz


    Tony Zink Vice President, EPMA Company: http://www.epmainc.com Blog: http://www.epmablog.com Training: http://www.epmainstitute.com

    Monday, August 19, 2013 10:12 PM
  • Tony,

    Is this also true for Project 2010?

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 11:51 AM
  • I just tested the technique in Project 2010, and it still appears to work:

    1. Create a task.
    2. Set the desired duration
    3. Set the task type to 'Fixed Duration'.
    4. Assign a resource with the desired number of work hours.
    5. Set the 'Actual Start' to match the planned start date.
    6. Post actual work hours to the task on a date after the task's start date (I did this via the 'Task Usage' view).
    7. Monitor the task's finish date... it should not change.

    I have not yet tested with an enterprise project in Project Server 2010. I suggest giving it a try with a test project.

    Please be aware that the visual indicator of progress -- the black stripe that runs through the middle of the blue task bar in the Gantt Chart -- does not necessarily reflect reality because we have manipulated the actual start date of the task. Hopefully this is an acceptable trade-off for the behavior that you need.

    Good luck!

    -- tz


    Tony Zink | Vice President, EPMA | http://www.epmainc.com | Blog: http://www.epmablog.com | Training: http://www.epmainstitute.com

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:37 PM