How to change Task Finish date when Task has fixed amount of Actual work in MS PROJECT 2016



friend of mine got a problem. He has Task in which he wants to put Actual work and Actual Finish date for the Task, but he got odd result. Let me show you a problem with MS PROJECT 2016. firs I am going to create a simple Project with one Task:


I will create a Resource with 100% availability:


and I will assign Resource to the Task:


Now suppose that Task is finished at Tuesday, 12.01.2016, and Actual work is 8 hours. Simple, Resource worked only 8 hours to finish the Task during period from 25.12.2016 to 12.01.2016.

I will use Task Usage View:


and I will get:


As you can see work is 104 hours, not 8. Is it a bug? Not at all. Because from 25.12.2015 to 12.01.2016 is 13 working days and 13 * 8 hours per day is 104 hours. If you want to have fixed period (Start and Finish date), and fixed hours,  you should have Fixed work Task Type:


Now I will put same values here:


and I will get:


To conclude, if you want to have fixed hours, and Fixed Actual Start and End Date, use Fixed work Task Type!



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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