Reordering Tasks in Master Project with MICROSOFT PROJECT 2013!

Hi,

again one of my Blog Readers has a question: “What if I want to make changes to the master project but don’t want it to change the sub projects? I want to be able to re-order the tasks in the master project but want them to stay in the same order for the sub projects. I thought you could save “one way”. I say yes to saving the master and no to the subs and I lose the master changes. Am I asking for the impossible?”

First I will create two Projects in MS PROJECT 2013:

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and:

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After saving those two Projects (and you know how to save it), I’ll create Master Project, and I’ll Insert those two Project in Master:

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and:

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After adding those two Project I’ll get:

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Now I will move Second Tasks form second to the First Place in Master Project:

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OK! Let’s see what is with Original Projects:

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and:

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As you can see those Task has been moved in original Projects, as well!

If you want to avoid that you can make this:

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When I do this for both Project I’ll get the same thing:

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I will move Tasks, as I did in my previous example:

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Let’s see the original Projects again:

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and:

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Now I will add a brand new Task in Master Project, below Second Task of Second Project:

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Now, again, let’s look at the Project #2:

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New Task is not in it.

Be aware of this. If you add a Project in Master Project with Link to Project checkmark selected, whatever you do in Mater Project will be reflected in original Projects. On the other hand, if you add a Project in Master Project with Link to Project checkmark deselected, Master Project acts like a stand alone Project, ant that means that whatever you do in Master Project will not be reflected in original Projects. In that case Master Project and Subprojects are acting like a separate stand alone Project (as you type them manually).

 

Regards

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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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2 Responses to Reordering Tasks in Master Project with MICROSOFT PROJECT 2013!

  1. Jeannie says:

    I understand after following the instructions above changes to the master schedule will no longer be reflected in the sub projects. Will changes to the sub projects (like updating percent complete) still be reflected in the master project after you unlink them?

    • Nenad Trajkovski says:

      When you unlinke them, you can do whatever you want in the Master or original Project, but since they are unlinked nothing will be reflected on other project. They are acting like two totaly different projects!

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