The “Wedding” Project! Building the Schedule? – PART 2



this post might be very boring! Because I am using the “Wedding” project I will put duration for each and every task! There are 100 task and I had to explain why I put those duration for each task. But, you know what? I won’t do it! I will show to you how can you put those duration to the tasks, and I will give you a link to my “Wedding” Project so, if you are interested in watching this example, just download it!

First I decided to change all task from manually schedule mode to auto schedule mode in MS PROJECT 2010. And I can do it with single step, instead of repeating 100 times the same thing for each task.

First I will select all my tasks:


and then:


and I will get:


All tasks are in auto schedule mode! They have 1 day duration, by default. What does the question mark means? It means that duration is estimated. I know what is on your mind now. You think: “But every duration during the Planning phase is estimated. We will know the exact information AFTER the work is done (so called ACTUALS)!”. And that is true! This question mark you might consider as: “estimate of a duration estimate”.

If you do not want to turn this future off follow these steps:


and then:


I keep these feature always on.

When you are adding the new task in auto schedule mode, you will have a default 1 day duration with question mark. But if you put manually duration in a duration field these question mark will disappear. If you want, for example, to change the default duration from 1 day to 6 days, but you still not confident with this estimation, and you want to keep the question mark put 6?, and you will get:


If you want to see how did I estimate durations for my “”Wedding” Project, here is the link:

In my next Post I will set up dependencies, and I will show you where are the mistakes in my task list.

Give me any comment you like.




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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