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  • 1. Gnatt Chart and Non Working Days
    I would like to supress the gray non working time on the Gnatt Chart (Sat & Sun) so that it does not show at all. -- Deb
  • 2. entering actual duration question
    I have a Fixed Duration task of 12 hours - a meeting of three four sessions to determine test cases - which has completed. The timeframe for 12 hours to occur could be accomplished in 2 days but because of other things on each person's schedule (i.e vacation, other commitments, etc.) it took 2 weeks to perform the 12 hour task Since all planned attendees attended, I enter 12 hours at the task level and let Microsoft divide up the work hours. I also physically entered both the start date (of our first meeting of 11/8/2004) and the end date (of our last meeting of 11/23/2004). Once I entered the above start and finish dates of the meetings, MS Project lengthened my actual duration to a much longer duration than 12 hours. Why? I'm not sure what I need to do to get MS Project to reflect the reality of 12 hours duration?
  • 3. different work hours for different resources
    Hi I want to assign different work hours for different resources. Say for eg. R1 has productivity of 7 hr/day, R2 has 6 hr/day. When I assign R1(100%) to a task (Fixed work based) which takes say 21 hrs, the duration should be 3 days. For the same number of hours, R2 will take 3.5 days. How do I achieve this? I tried creating two different calendars one with working hours of 8: 12 and 1:4 and the other with working hours of 9:12 and 1:4. It does not reflect the way I was expecting it in the Gantt Chart. Any suggestions how I do this?
  • 4. Deadline works opposite to how it should
    Greetings. I have 2 tasks (T1 and T2), same duration, no constraints (as soon as possible) nor predecessors. Both tasks use the same resource (R1). Only one unit of the resource is available. Leveling automatic and leveling order "standart" or "priority, standard" (same result). Naturally, one of the tasks (the one with the higher ID) slips, as there is only one resource available. But, if I set a deadline to the task that is schedulled for earlier, this task slips and is the other one that is done earlier, even if it causes a conflit with the deadline. This happens both in: Project Standard 2002 (10.0.2104.1305) SP-1 Project Professional 2003 (11.0.2003.0816.15) Tried it with more tasks and those with a deadline slip to as late as possible. Seems like Project is actually trying to miss the deadlines. Shouldn't it be the other way around? Thank you for help, Joaquim Amado Lopes

Duration Question Mark

Postby cassidym » Mon, 19 Nov 2007 23:44:43 GMT

What is the purpose of the question make in the Duration column and ho
do you make it disappear? 

I'm new to Project (an old hand at Access) so apologize for what i
probably a very rookie question. 

Sorry, I seem to have posted this question twice.  At least I admitte
to being a rookie.

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Re: Duration Question Mark

Postby Mike Glen » Tue, 20 Nov 2007 02:46:27 GMT

Hi cassidym,

Welcome to this Microsoft Project newsgroup :)

The question mark indicates that the duration is tentative or estimated.
When you actually type in a figure for the duration, the question mark will
disappear.  Tools/Options.../Schedule tab has an option to switch this off.
However, it seems to me to be a very unnecessary facility as, after all,
aren't all the durations estimates?  If you leave the question marks there,
you can filter for uncertain durations to allow you to firm up the ones
you've missed.

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Re: Duration Question Mark

Postby John » Tue, 20 Nov 2007 02:49:24 GMT

In article < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >,




cassidym,
The question mark simply indicates that the duration is a best guess 
estimate. You can remove it under Tools/Options/Schedule. Uncheck the 
option to "show that tasks have estimated durations".

John
Project MVP

Re: Duration Question Mark

Postby Mike Glen » Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:07:55 GMT

Incidentally, I forgot to mention that you can type in the duration with a 
question mark to bring it back again.

Mike Glen
Project MVP












Re: Duration Question Mark

Postby cassidym » Tue, 20 Nov 2007 07:07:05 GMT

One more question. Somehow, I've locked my initial task so that it onl
shows it's duration as equal to the combined durations of the subtasks

When I try to extend the finish date of the primary task, I can't ge
the calendar to open. The only way I can extend the time frame is t
add another subtask or extend the last one.

Obviously, I've changed a setting that is enforcing this

Any ideas what I did and how I can rectify it

Thnak

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Re: Duration Question Mark

Postby JulieS » Tue, 20 Nov 2007 10:54:07 GMT

Hello cassidym,

I assume you are talking about the project summary task (line zero). 
You have done nothing incorrect.  Summary task durations are calculated 
by Project and are the span of working time from the start of the 
earliest subtask to the finish of the last subtask.  As you note, the 
only way to change the duration is to change the schedule of the 
subtasks.

I hope this helps.  Let us know how you get along.

Julie
Project MVP

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