Manually scheduled Tasks and Dependencies when changing Duration in MS PROJECT 2016!


today I’m going to show you what happens when you establish dependencies between manually scheduled Tasks in MS PROJECT 2016, and then change Duration.

First I’m going create simple Project:


Now I’m going to put Duration for each Task:


Now I will connect them:


Everything looks Perfect. But, suppose that for some reasons Task 1 now has 2 days Duration, and Task 2 has 4 days duration. I will get:


As you can see Task 2 did not move it’s Start Date, and Task 3 did not move it’s Start and Finish date. Why? Because Tasks are Manually Scheduled. Once you change anything, the rest is your concern (like dependencies). If you want MS PROJECT to handle this for you, use Auto Scheduled Tasks. If you still want to “fix” this “issue” you can do it like this:


and you will get:


and if you do the same for the Task 3, you will get what you want:


Remember this: If you use manually scheduled tasks, you are in charge for any change on them!


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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