Actuals and Variances with Material Resources in MS PROJECT 2013!

Hi,

Again, I have a question from one of my Blog readers: “

“Dear Nenad,

I have a doubt in MS Project updation and tracking of material resources. For example, i have budgeted quantity of cement as 100bags but in actual site construction the quantity consumed is 150bags. Where should i update the material resources and how can i find the variances of material resources.”

Well, it is easy. I’ll show you how to do that in MS PROJECT 2013!

First I’m going to create a simple Task:

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and two Resources:

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Notice, that Cement is Material Resource with $10 per Bag. Now I’m going to assign John to Task, and 100 bags as well:

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and I’ll get:

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This is my Project Plan, and I’m going to save Baseline:

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No, suppose that John has finished his work on time, but he spent 150 bags of Cement instead of 100, as planned:

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I will now look at Task Usage View, and put 150 bags for the Cement:

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No let’s look at the Cost Table:

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Baseline Cost is $5000 (5 days * 8hous per John * $100 per hour + 100 bags * $10 per bag = $4000+$1000 = $5000)

Actual Cost is $5500 (5 days * 8hous per John * $100 per hour + 150 bags * $10 per bag = $4000+$1500 = $55000)

Variance is $5500-$5000 = $500

But I want to see difference in Bags! I should apply Tracking Table in Task Usage View:

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I still don’t see Variance so I will add two more Columns:

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So now I can see Baseline work (e.g. 100 Bags), Actual work (e.g.150 Bags), and work Variance (150 – 50 bags) = 50 bags

Regards :-)

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Start date and percentage complete in MS PROJECT 2013 – how are they connected!

I’ve noticed that some Project users do not understand how % Complete and Start date are connected, and because of that they think that MS PROJECT 2013 has a bug.

Let me give you an example. First I will create a simple Project:

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Now I will mark Task 2 as 50% completed, and I’ll get:

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Now suppose that Task 1 has 5 days duration. If I enter 5 days in duration field I will get:

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As you can see, Start date in Task 2 is not changed. And this is not a Bug. Why? Because Task 2  has started with work.What can you do? You can say that Task 2 is 0% completed, and you will get:

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Now you can mark Task 2 as 50% completed again.

But I will ask you a question as a Project Manager, and not as a Microsoft Project User. If you establish Finish-To-Start link between Tasks, that means that Predecessor must be finished, before Successor can Start. So, why will you mark Successor as Partial finished? If you can Start Successor before Predecessor ends, you can put a Lead time on Successor, or you can establish another type of Dependencies like Start-To-Start.

 

Regards!

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Task are not Scheduled as expected in MS PROJECT 2013

My Blog reader has a problem: “Hi Nenad. I am creating a simple Project with four Tasks. Task 1 is predecessor for Task 2, etc. I do not have a right Schedule, and they all start at the same date. When I hit F9 button everything works fine. How to avoid hitting F9”.

The answer is very simple. I am going to use Microsoft Project 2013!

First I’m going to create four Tasks:

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and I’m going to link them:

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As you can see, all Tasks have a same Start date. When I hit F9, my Project will look like this:

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Everything is fine now. If you don’t want to use F9, and you want that Tasks are rescheduled when you edit them you should turn this option on:

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and then:

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and you will get what you wanted without F9 button!

 

Regards!

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Custom duration and date fields in MS PROJECT 2013

Here is a question form one of my Blog Readers:

I have another possible bug in MSP 2013. Try this one
Insert Date1, Insert Duration1, Insert Date2. Now go to custom fields and make date2 a formula [(date1)+(duration1). The obvious answer would be a new date, but this is what I get.

Date1 Durat Date2
Tue 7/8/14 0d Tue 7/8/14
Tue 7/8/14 1d Sat 10/31/15
Tue 7/8/14 2d Wed 2/22/17
Tue 7/8/14 3d Sun 6/17/18
Tue 7/8/14 4d Thu 10/10/19
Tue 7/8/14 5d Mon 2/1/21

it seems to move almost 14 months.

Got any ideas on how to make this work?”

It is not a bug, but might confuse you. I’ll show you how it works in MS PROJECT 2013!

I will repeat steps like above:

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I will add custom fields:

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and I will put same dates in Date1 field, and same durations in Duration1 fields:

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I will create formula for Date2 field:

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and I will get:

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Strange, isn’t it? BUT! I will change Duration1 field with minutes:

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It looks fine now. Why? Because Duration1 field is filled with 480 minutes per day. So when you put 1 day it is interpreted as 480 days! So to get right value in Date2, I should rearrange formula like this:

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and I will get:

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But if I want to consider my Project Calendar I can use this function:

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and then:

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and I will get:

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Notice that Date 2 is same as Finish date. Of course, you can rename Duration field and call it, for example, pessimistic duration, and put different values than in Duration field.

Hope this helps.

Regards!

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Cancelling Project when using Resource Pool in MS PROJECT 2013! – The easiest way

Hi,

I will repeat a lot of Pictures from my previous Post, and I’ll show you how to break the Link between a Project, and Resource Pool.. I will show you a case in MS PROJECT 2013!

First, as usual I will make a Resource Pool and I will save it:

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and then:

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I will save the Resource Pool:

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No I will create my first Project with two Tasks and I will assign Resources from the Resource Pool:

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and then:

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Finally:

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I will repeat those steps above for my Second Project, and I’ll get:

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John and Mary are Over-allocated, as expected. Now suppose, that you find out, that you will not work on Second Project, because it is Canceled (for any reason). What Will you do? Firs you should break the link between Second Project and Resource Pool

To do that, I will first open Resource Pool, and I will get:

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The Resource Pool is open in read-write mode. After that I’m going to choose:

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and I will get:

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After I break the Link between Second Project and Resource Pool, in my example John, and Mary are not over allocated any more.

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BUT! If I open Second Project Again I will get this Project linked with Resource pool, again!

So, to avoid this, better way to disconnect Project with Resource Pool is:

1. Open Second Project

2. GO to Resource TAB

3. Click on Resource Pool button

4. Select Share Resources

5. Disconnect Second Project form Resource Pool:

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Save Second Project and Resource Pool as well, and you are done!

 

Regards.

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Scheduled Duration, Start and Finished Date in MS PROJECT 2013

Hi,

A question from my Blog reader is: “Please clarify the purpose  of fields Schedule Duration, Schedule Start & Schedule Finish. In which context they are used and how they differ from Duration, Start & Finish Fields ?

I will show that in MS PROJECT 2013. First of all, the best use for this field is for Manually Scheduled Task. Suppose that you have one Manually Scheduled Task in MS PROJECT 2013:

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and three Resources in Resource Sheet:

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I will assign all three Resources to the Task:

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Now, suppose that John Will work only at Wednesday, Mary at Thursday and Friday, and Paul at next Monday and Tuesday. I will use Task Usage View for that:

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Of course I added this hours Manually to specific days.

Let’s look at Gantt Chart View:

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Duration, and Finish Date is empty. Now I will add three new columns in Gantt Chart View:

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As you can see Duration is still empty, but Schedule Duration is now % days, so you can enter this Value in Duration Field.

If I do the Same thing with Auto Schedule Task I’ll get:

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Duration is same sad Schedule Duration, so best use for this fields are for Manually Scheduled Task!

 

Regards.

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Reordering Tasks in Master Project with MICROSOFT PROJECT 2013!

Hi,

again one of my Blog Readers has a question: “What if I want to make changes to the master project but don’t want it to change the sub projects? I want to be able to re-order the tasks in the master project but want them to stay in the same order for the sub projects. I thought you could save “one way”. I say yes to saving the master and no to the subs and I lose the master changes. Am I asking for the impossible?”

First I will create two Projects in MS PROJECT 2013:

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and:

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After saving those two Projects (and you know how to save it), I’ll create Master Project, and I’ll Insert those two Project in Master:

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and:

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After adding those two Project I’ll get:

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Now I will move Second Tasks form second to the First Place in Master Project:

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OK! Let’s see what is with Original Projects:

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and:

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As you can see those Task has been moved in original Projects, as well!

If you want to avoid that you can make this:

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When I do this for both Project I’ll get the same thing:

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I will move Tasks, as I did in my previous example:

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Let’s see the original Projects again:

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and:

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Now I will add a brand new Task in Master Project, below Second Task of Second Project:

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Now, again, let’s look at the Project #2:

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New Task is not in it.

Be aware of this. If you add a Project in Master Project with Link to Project checkmark selected, whatever you do in Mater Project will be reflected in original Projects. On the other hand, if you add a Project in Master Project with Link to Project checkmark deselected, Master Project acts like a stand alone Project, ant that means that whatever you do in Master Project will not be reflected in original Projects. In that case Master Project and Subprojects are acting like a separate stand alone Project (as you type them manually).

 

Regards

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