Wednesday, March 03, 2010 2:51 PMTim and Tom have a task to complete together:
Task Name Duration Start Finish Predecessors Resource Names do the project 10 days Wed 03/03/10 Tue 16/03/10 tim,tom
Tim then books a vacation from 08-Mar to 12-Mar, which is entered as a non-working exception in the resource calendar for Tim.
The duration is now 15 days:
Task Name Duration Start Finish Predecessors Resource Names do the project 15 days Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tim,tom
From the Task Usage view, I can see that Tom is continuing work on this task, while Tim is on vacation.
Task Name Work Duration Start Finish do the project 160 hrs 15 days Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tim 80 hrs Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tom 80 hrs Wed 03/03/10 Tue 16/03/10
That's not what I want because they must work on this task together.
I want Tom to stop work (and be available for another task) while Tim is on vacation.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 8:13 PMModeratorHi Winton,
To cut a long story short - if you enter holidays through the resoruce's calendar what you ask for IS NOT FEASIBLE IN MS Project. That is NOT, like in not.
There is a (lengthy) workaround, and it is asked for so frequently that I fully documented it in an article on my website:
Click through to "Microsoft Project: An abstract"
And no, I don't know WHY MS did not honour this long-standing request :-(
- Marked As Answer by Gary Chefetz, MCITP, MCT, MVPModerator Thursday, March 04, 2010 1:49 PM
Thursday, March 04, 2010 2:00 AMHello Winton,
I would just split the task during the time one of the resources is on vacation.
Michael Wharton, MBA, PMP, MCT
Thursday, March 04, 2010 11:33 AMModeratorHui,
With all due respect, but this is not a viable solution.
What if the task shifts f.i. due to delay in a predecessor?
Thursday, March 04, 2010 1:49 PMModeratorWinton:
Of course the right answer here is for Microsoft to finally give us this capability, but it's not included in the 2010 edition. A number of us have been lobbying for this capability for a decade or more. I do believe that we have a shot at it for the next release. In the mean time, you can use any technique you like provided that you understand the consequences of of your approach.
Gary Chefetz, MCITP, MCP, MVP msProjectExperts
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Thursday, March 04, 2010 5:44 PMThank you, Jan.
I am trying to follow the approach documented on your website.
First, I removed Tim's vacation from the resource calendar.
Then, I added Tim's vacation as a manually scheduled task.
Task Name Duration Start Finish Predecessors Resource Names do the project 10 days Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tim,tom tim's vacation 5 days Mon 08/03/10 Fri 12/03/10 tim
And I now have the result I wanted: Tom has stopped work while Tim is on vacation, and they both finish the project on 23-Mar:
Task Name Work Duration Start Finish do the project 160 hrs 10 days Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tim 80 hrs Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tom 80 hrs Wed 03/03/10 Tue 23/03/10 tim's vacation 40 hrs 5 days Mon 08/03/10 Fri 12/03/10 tim 40 hrs Mon 08/03/10 Fri 12/03/10
Now, there is another task for Tom to complete:
Task Name Duration Start Finish Predecessors Resource Names tom's extra task 5 days Wed 24/03/10 Tue 30/03/10 tom
Why hasn't Tom been scheduled to perform this extra task while Tim is on vacation?
Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:18 PMModeratorHi,
From your input, I can't for sure diagnose.
I'll ask some questions here, but as by all means this is not 2010-specific (the article I wrote about it was for 200 or 2003, nothing changed) I suggest you continue this very interesting conversation directly to my e-mail (jandemesATprom-ade.be).
1. Why doesn't your extra task start today? If YOU haven't added any constraints or links it would start to day.
And if you made it start no earlier than 24/3 why would Project argue on that?
2. Have you leveled resources? With which options?