Baseline and Overtime work in MS PROJECT 2013

Hi,

as usual I have a question from one of my Blog Readers: “Dear Sir, Can you help me to solve one issue in MS Project? After finishing base line work hours, values entered to actual over time not adding with actual work hours. only regular work hours is adding to actual work hours.”

I have to admit that I can’t repro this issue? How it works in MS PROJECT 2013?

First I am going to create a brand new Project with one Task:

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and I will have one Resource:

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Of course I will assign john to the Task, and I’ll get:

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John is suppose to work on that Task 2 day, e.g 16 hours (8 hours per day). But I want for John to work overtime, so I will assign 8 hours as overtime work for that Task:

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When I click on the lower part of the screen I will choose:

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and I’ll get:

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Now, I will put 8 hours as overtime work, an click OK button, and I will get:

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You can see that Duration is only 1 day now!

OK. I’ll save the Baseline:

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and then:

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Now suppose that John had a problem with the Task, and instead of 16 hours work (with 8 hours overtime), had to work 32 hours (with 16 hours of overtime).

I’m going to put actual work, and actual overtime work via Task Usage View:

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As you can see, I added Overtime Work, Actual Work, and Actual Overtime Work columns it this view. When I put those values in Actual fields I’ll get:

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Where is the Problem? Nowhere! MS PROJECT is calculating Overtime work, not as additional work! What does it mean?
I will make it clear! If you have a Task with 16 hours work, and 8 hours as overtime work, this overtime work is not additional time. So you can not calculate that it will be 24 hours spent to the Task! No, no, no! Those 8 hours are overtime in 16 hours!

To conclude, in my example, Actual work of 32 hours, is the whole amount of work, and 16 hours of overtime is working hours which are included in those actual work hours!

It may seems tricky, but it is not!

Regards!

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How to add exception into Resource Calendar in MS PROJECT 2013?

Hi,

here is question form one of my Blog Readers: “I want assign a task to a particular resource on a Holiday. How can I do that. For eg: I have specified December 25 th as exception in my project calendar. And I have two resources Resource A and Resource B. I want to assign a task to Resource B on December 25. Is it possible ?”

I will show that with MS PROJECT 2013!

First I will create one Project:

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Now I’m going to modify Standard Calendar, which I use for this Project! I will make an Exception for 25.12.

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I’m going to add two Resources to my Project:

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Now suppose that John will have to work during Holyday (e.g. 25.12.). How to do that. Well, piece of cake:

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and then:

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OK! Now I’m going to Assign John and Mary to One Task with 5 Days duration:

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and:

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Now I’m going to check Task Usage View:

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As you can see, John will work on the Task from Monday ‘till Friday (also at 25.12. –  Thursday), and Mary Will work From Monday ‘till Monday next week, without 25.12.

 

Hope this helps.

Regards!

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Actuals and Variances with Material Resources in MS PROJECT 2013! – Part 2

Hi,

In my previous Post I wrote:

“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

BUT! Let’s look at the Resource Usage View:

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Project now has 7,5 days Duration. an that doesn’t make a sense! Why? Because John John has done his Task in 5 days, so he could not spent the Cement in next 2,5 days, nor the Cement could be use by itself. To avoid this kind of behavior, we need to spend Cement equally from Monday thru Friday, 30 bags per day. TO get that I will:

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and then I will put the real Finish date here:

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and I will get:

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Everything is in order now!

 

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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