Must Finish On constraint and Actual values in MS PROJECT 2013

Hi,

I’ve got a lot of questions about Must Finish On constraint and Actual values. How MS PROJECT 2013 “reacts” on different actuals whet Task has MFO Constraint.

I will create very simple Project:

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and for the Task I will put Must Finish On Constraint:

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and I will get:

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I will add John as a Resource to Resource Sheet:

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and I will assign John to the Task:

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OK, I have my Setup. Now suppose that Task Actually started at August the 3th, and finished at August 7th. I can put those actuals in many ways into MS PROJECT, but I’ll show you two most common ways.

First, I will use Update Tasks feature:

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and:

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I will get:

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So, Task was moved to actual start and finish date. Now, I will use Task Usage View, and I will track John’s actual start and Finish dates.

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and I will get:

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So I have got a warning message about Scheduling conflict. I can choose Cancel, and those actuals will not be set, or I can choose that I want to continue, and I will have the same result as I’ve got before.

Be aware that if I put actual hours instead of Actual Finish date, I will not get this message. For example if I put:

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I will not get warning message! I hope this helps!

Regards Smile

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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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