A question from my Blog reader is: “Please clarify the purpose of fields Schedule Duration, Schedule Start & Schedule Finish. In which context they are used and how they differ from Duration, Start & Finish Fields ?”
I will show that in MS PROJECT 2013. First of all, the best use for this field is for Manually Scheduled Task. Suppose that you have one Manually Scheduled Task in MS PROJECT 2013:
and three Resources in Resource Sheet:
I will assign all three Resources to the Task:
Now, suppose that John Will work only at Wednesday, Mary at Thursday and Friday, and Paul at next Monday and Tuesday. I will use Task Usage View for that:
Of course I added this hours Manually to specific days.
Let’s look at Gantt Chart View:
Duration, and Finish Date is empty. Now I will add three new columns in Gantt Chart View:
As you can see Duration is still empty, but Schedule Duration is now % days, so you can enter this Value in Duration Field.
If I do the Same thing with Auto Schedule Task I’ll get:
Duration is same sad Schedule Duration, so best use for this fields are for Manually Scheduled Task!