Hi,

as usual, I’ve got a question from one of my Blog Reader: “*If I have two tasks, the second task’s predecessor is the first task, and the first task ends on 7/10, I’d like the second task to start the following day, 7/11, My project has tasks starting the last day of the predecessor task. I don’t want to add a constraint or lag time to the tasks to resolve the issue. Is there a setting for the entire project that sets all tasks to start on the following day as their predecessor?*”

I’ll show you that with **MS PROJECT 2013**.

First of all, how can a *Successor* begins at the same day as *Predecessor *finishes! Easy! Let me show you.

I will ads *Task 1,* and I will put 1,5 days in the Duration field. Then I’ll add *Task 2*, and I will put 2 days in the Duration field. Finally I’ll link them. And I’ll get:

Let me explain this picture a little bit! The working time is from 08:00 to 12:00, and from 13:00 (1:00 PM) to 17:00 (5:00 PM)Since first Task has 1,5 days duration it will take from 08:00 to 17:00 (with lunch break from 12:00 to 13:00) at 03.07.2013 (and that is 8 hours = 1 Day), and from 08:00 to 12:00 at 4.7.2013 (this is second day, but only half of it). Successor starts in *Finish to Start* relationship **first available minute after predecessor.** Since there is a lunch break between 12:00 and 13:00 at second day, it will start at 13:00 at second day.

Now suppose that you have a demand that *Task 2 *should start at **first available working day after predecessor finishes.** The cleanest way is to put a constraint at the *Task2 *and that constraint is so called *semi flexible*, and it* *will be: *Start no earlier than:*

and then:

I’ll get:

I’ve got what I wanted, BUT! Suppose that I extend duration to 3,5 days instead 1,5 days for *Task 1. *I’ll get:

What happens? As you can see, *Task 1 *will finish at 08.07.2013, and *Task 2 *will start at the same day! Why? Well, because I told that *Task 2 should *Start no earlier than *05.07.2013*. And it does not. It starts latter, at 08.07.2013, and the problem is same! It does not start **next working day!**

OK, now I’ll remove those constraints and I’ll get the “start” position:

What can I do! **Workaround!**

First I’ll insert so called *Dummy Task*** with (for my example) 1 hour duration, **between

*Task 1,*and

*Task 2,*and I’ll link them like this:

Now I am going to create new *Calendar *with name: *Dummy, *and I’ll tell that working time on this calendar is 1 hour per day from 01:00 AM to 02:00 PM.

and:

then:

Finally, I’ll assign that new Calendar To the *dummy Task:*

I get this:

You can see that *Task 2 *will start at *05.07.2013 *and that is exactly what I wanted – the day after *Task 1* will finish. Again I’m going to extend duration to 3,5 days instead 1,5 days for *Task 1. *I’ll get:

As you can see, now *Task 2 *will start at 09.07.2013, and this is first working day after *Task 1 *finishes.

Do not forget this:

- DO NOT assign any Resources to
*Dummy Task!**Dummy*task is*Dummy*, e.g no one will work on it - After you finish
*Task 1*(100%) do not forget to put 100% finished to dummy*Task!*

That’s it.

Regards,

Hi Nenad,

I have a question related to your topic here. I have a task that cannot be split of 2hrs duration. There is a resource assigned with a resource calender which gives about 4hrs of working time every day.

example;

Working time 14:00 – 18:00

Task start time 17:00

The task starts at 17:00, but there is not enough time to complete the task. Therefore it will search for the next available window which is the next day at 14:00 (resulting in a finish time of 15:00).

However, this task cannot be split. So I want MS Project to start the task the next day at 14:00 and Finish at 16:00.

Do you know a way to do this?

PS. I would like for this to still work when durations slightly change so not with a manually added lag.

I have to disappoint you, but you should do it manually! There is no way that yu force Task to start in a day when it can be accomplish at once. This is because Task can have 3 day duration (for example), and in that can how can in fit in one day? It can’t

Hi,

Thx for the interesting scheduling info tips and tricks.

Can you advise me how to handle a closed task that has a resource assigned, but the resource will eventually spend 0 hours. So it is in fact a 100 % complete task and actual hours are 0. Can this be displayed, keeping the (planned-) ‘work’ hours as planned on, let’s say 4 hours ???

Geert

If you have a resource assigned to the Task, and it works 0 hours, that means that you don’t need this resource! But, what you can do is this:

1. Assign Resource to the Task!

2. Save a Baseline

3. Delete resource from the Task

4. Mark a Task as 100% completed!

5. Go to work table, and you will see planned vs. actual work!