Chapter Meeting 12/28/2013 – How Scheduling Works in MS Project 2010?
Participant Speaks: Mr. Jogeshkumar Makwana, PMP
I attended MPUG Chennai India event “How Scheduling works in MS Project 2010” on Dec 28 2013. Event started with an introduction about “MPUG Chennai India” and then many scheduling benefits with Microsoft Project 2010 were discussed. Briefly, following benefits of scheduling were discussed:
- How to enter project information including project start date and how it affects the schedule. By default the task entered will be set to this start date.
- Auto scheduling Vs Manual scheduling (user controlled) options – Manual schedule gives full control to project managers. Can be useful during high level effort estimates. Useful for people with excel based planning.
- How to utilize calendar functions and different types of calendars were discussed:
- Base calendars – Standard, 24-Hours and Night Shift
- Project calendars – Default work schedule for all tasks in a project (e.g. status holidays)
- Resource calendars – Individual resource calendars based on the settings in the Standard calendar, but can be modified to indicate vacations.
- Task calendars – customize the working times from the project calendar in a task calendar if you have tasks to be completed at different times
- Priority of calendars in schedule ->Project Calendar -> Resource Calendar ->Task Calendar
- How the different calendars affect the schedule was discussed and demonstrated.
- Different options related to scheduling, calendars and calculations such as default task start time, end time, hours per day, default scheduling options (Manually/Auto), default task type (fixed units, fixed duration, fixed work) were demonstrated.
- Avoiding the use of constrains in the schedule & using deadlines were discussed. A deadline is a target date (green downward arrow on the Gantt chart) indicating when you want a task to be completed.
About Jogeshkumar Makwana, PMP®
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