MS Project 2010 Tips – Splitting In-Progress Tasks

99 Tricks and Traps for Microsoft projectSetting an In-Progress Task

When the Split in-progress tasks option is enabled in the Tools, Options…, Schedule form, a task will Split automatically when a task commences before its predecessor finishes.

Microsoft Project is inconsistent when the Split in-progress tasks option is used with tasks that are assigned with one of the following options:

  • An Actual Start and 0% Complete — these tasks are not split, or
  • An Actual Start and % Complete set between 1% and 99% Complete — these tasks are split.

The two examples below are from the same schedule, both with the Split in-progress tasks option checked, one with 0% and one with 1%. You will notice the task assigned 0% has an earlier Finish  date than the task assigned 1% Complete, which has split.

Note: You therefore need to pay careful attention to any warning messages Microsoft Project presents.

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Microsoft Project 2010 Tips and Traps – Resource Calendars

99 Tricks and Traps for Microsoft projectResource Calendars

Each resource is created with its very own editable calendar. Here are some important points:

  • Each new resource is assigned a copy of the current Project Calendar as its Base Calendar.
  • This Resource Base Calendar may be changed in the Resource Sheet or Change Working Time form to another Base Calendar.
  • Any change to a Base Calendar will be reflected in any Resource Calendar.
  • The Resource Calendar may be edited to suit the availability of the resource. Days may be made non workdays to represent holidays, etc.
  • Normally the duration of a resourced task calculated from the Resource Calendar.
  • A task will finish at the end of the longest resource assignment when there are two or more resources assigned to a task that have different end dates due to different Resource calendars or assignment durations.
  • When a Task has been assigned a calendar and the check box in the Task Information form Advanced tab Scheduling ignores resource calendars is checked the task duration is then calculated from the Task calendar.
  • The Finish date may be calculated differently after a task is assigned one or more resources when the Resources Calendars are not the same as the Task Calendar.

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MS Project 2010 Tips – How to Assign Task Calendars

99 Tricks and Traps for Microsoft project“How to Assign Task Calendars

A task may be assigned a calendar that is different from the Project Calendar by:

  • Displaying the Task Calendar column and editing the Task Calendar from this column, or
  • Double-clicking on the task to open the Task Information form and selecting the Advanced tab.

After a calendar has been assigned, an icon will appear in the Indicators column and the calendar name displayed in the Task Calendar column, as shown in the picture below for the Installation Requirements task:

  • The task Finish date, Total Float, Free Float and Variances from a Baseline will be calculated on the Task Calendar. This often leads to confusion for new users as tasks on a 24-hour/day calendar will have different Float than tasks on an 8-hour/day calendar.
  • When resources are assigned to a Task the Finish date is calculated on the Resource calendar; unless the Task has been assigned a calendar and the box in the Task Information form Advanced tab Scheduling ignores resource calendars is checked, then the task duration is calculated based on the assigned Task Calendar.”

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