Adjusting Assignments in The Team Planner View – Part 2.


I will show what you should pay attention to when you adjust assignments and reschedule your tasks in the project.

First I will add four tasks to my project and they will be in automatic scheduled mode, and I will schedule them:


I will add 3 resources through Resource sheet (John, Paul, and Mary):


I will now start the Team Planner View:


You can see that John Paul and Mary don’t have any tasks assigned, and that all tasks are scheduled.

I will assign John to the Task 1 and Task 4, Paul to the Task 2, and Mary to Task 3. I will do it using drag and drop function:


and I will get:


You can see that those Tasks are assigned and scheduled. Now I will drag and drop Task 1 and put it as John’s unscheduled task, and I will get a warning:


That means that I will actually delete the work of Task 1 since it is no more scheduled.

The same will happen if I move any scheduled task to the unassigned and unscheduled area (for example, Task 2):


Now I will reassign John to Task 1 and Task 4, Paul to Task 2, and Mary to Task 3. And again I will get:


I want to reassign Task 4 to Mary, and I want the Task 4 to begin on 12.05.2011. First I will drag Task 4 and move it to Mary on 12.05.2011. I will get:


Now I will release the mouse button, and I will get:


You can see that MS PROJECT did not allow me to reschedule Task 4. It only allows me to move the Task from John to Mary, but not to reschedule it EARLIER. If I had tried to move Task 4 from 19.05.2011 to, for example, 20.05.2011, MS PROJECT would have allowed me to do that.

Now, the Task 4 is assigned to Mary, and the start date is 19.05.2011. Now I will try to move it to 12.05.2011, again. I will get:


As you can see, I cannot move (or reschedule) this task to an earlier date without breaking the link. After I click the OK button I get:


Task 4 stays scheduled as it was.

So, the Team Planner View is very powerful, but you must use it with caution.

See you,


About Nenad Trajkovski

Location: Zagreb, Croatia Occupation: Project Manager Interests: Project Management and MS PROJECT He was born in Zagreb, Croatia at 1963. After completing his college he started working on projects in different business areas (banking, manufacturing, automotive industry, distribution, oil companies, etc.) developing and implementing ERP systems into different companies. He has got a lot of experience working with people in different business processes and also possesses great knowledge in information technologies and financial services. Today he works as a business consultant, adn Project Manager in PERPETUUM MOBILE d.o.o. Zagreb. He is a regular lecturer for Project Management in MS Innovation Center in Varaždin, Logosoft Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and SEAVUS GROUP in Skopje Macedonia. He was named the best lecturer of WINDAYS 2008 while his lecture was also voted as the best. In addition, he was in TOP 10 lecturers at the MS SINERGY 2009 and MS VISIA 2009, 2010. Shares first place as the best lecturer of KulenDays 2009 and 2010 and PMI Conference 2009 in Zagreb. He is also a regular lecturer in the MS Community. He is a Certified Accountant and a PMP (Project Manager Professional) and a PMI-RMP (Risk Manager Professional), MCP, MCT, and Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist - Microsoft Project 2010. From 01.01.2012 awarded with MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Proffesional - Microsoft Project)!
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