ASAP and ALAP constraint combination in MS PROJECT 2013


my Blog Reader has a problem:

“Please can you help me. I would like to know how I can ask MS project to set one task ALAP without causing successors to move ALAP as well. In other words, I like to keep all tasks as MS default setting (ASAP) except one task to be set as ALAP.
Your response will greatly be appreciated.”

That will be a short and easy one in MS PROJECT 2013.

First, I’ll create Tasks in my Project, and default Constraint Type is ASAP (As Soon As Possible):


Now I’m going to create Dependencies:


I’ll say that Task 3 has ALAP (As Late As  Possible) constraint:


and I’ll get:


As you can see Start Date of Task 3 is now 15.10.2013, and not 14.10.2013.

Now I’ll tell that Task 4 has Task 3 as Predecessor:


Because Task 4 has Task 3 as Predecessor, Task 3 will start at 14.10.2013!

Finally, If I say that Task 4 has Task 3 and Task 2 as Predecessors, I’ll get:


Now, Task 3 will start at 15.10.2013 and Task 4 will start at 16.10.2013, because Task 2 will be finished at 15.10.2013!

It’s a little bit tricky, but you should try on your own!



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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