as a first post for this year I will answer to the question from my Blog reader: “Please advise on when to use Move vs Update Project to reschedule incomplete tasks after a specified date?”
There is a huge difference between this two options in MS PROJECT 2016.
First, I will show you Move function. I will crate a simple Project with two Tasks.
As you can see, I make Task 1, as 50% completed.
Now suppose, that for some reason this whole Project should be moved. for example, the Investor doesn’t have money for this Project, and will have it at February, 1st. So, in that Case you have to move entire Project to Start at that date, like this:
As you can see, because I have some Actual Values (e.g. 50% completed for Task 1), I must confirm that I still want to move my Project, and I want those Actuals to be moved as well. I will get:
So here, I’m going to put new Start Date, for entire Project, and it will be moved, to start at this specific date:
So, to conclude, Move is function with which you move entire Project to start at different date!
Now look again at the first picture in this post. And let’s say that today is Friday, 06.01.2017., and the only work done is those 50% for Task 1. If you are not the Magician, you will not be able to complete the work in the Past. So, you must update the Schedule to reflect real situation. First of all you should set status date as I will (in my example, Friday 06.01.2017):
Finally you should Update this Project:
and you will get:
As you can see, Start date remains same, but other, unfinished parts are updated according to Status date.
Notice, that if Task 1 was 0% completed, you will gate the same result in with both features described above, but the purpose of those two features is totally different!