Actual start and finish date with material Resources in MS PROJECT 2013! When it does make a sense, and when it does not!

Hi,

in this Blog Post I will show you how to use Actual Start and Finish date with Material Resources in a proper way. Of course, using MS PROJECT 2013!

First I’m going to create brand new Project:

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As you can see I will make a Backup, and a Cake in the same project Smile

Now I’m going to create some resources:

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Now I’m going to assign Resources to Tasks:

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and then for a Cake:

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as you can see I need Mary, and 10 eggs for the cake!

Now I’m going to switch to Task Usage View:

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As you can see, for the Cake Mary will use 5 eggs first day, and 5 eggs second day! Does it make a sense. NO! So I will change that, so Mary will use all eggs in day no. 1:

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and:

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and you will get:

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Now I will “schedule” eggs in Wednesday 10.06.2015:

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and I will get:

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Now it make a sense, doesn’t it?

Let’s say that our Backup was started and finished at Thursday, 11.6.2015:

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and I will get:

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Everything is just perfect. Now, let’s say that Mary started with making a cake at Wednesday, 10.06, and finished at Thursday, 11.06:

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and I’ll get:

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So far, so good! BUT! Le’s say that I spent those famous eggs at Friday, 12.06:

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and I will get:

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WOW! Wonderful! Mary made a cake without eggs, at Wednesday and Thursday, and Eggs were jumped in the cake from the blue at Friday! Magic eggs!! Smile I’m kidding, of course. You can see that this Scenario doesn’t make a sense at all.

You should be very careful when you put Actual Start and Finish dates for Material Resources, according to work (People) Resources.  That is my point!

Best wishes!

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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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