Move vs Update Tasks in MS PROJECT 2016


in my last post I wrote about differences between Move and Update options in MS PROJECT 2016 on the Project Level, Now it is time to explain those two different options on the Task level.

First, I will create simple Project:


As you can see, I make Task 1, as 50% completed.

Now suppose that for some reason I have to move Task 2 for 5 days (let’s say that we are building the wall, and we fins out that brick are not going to be available as we planned, but 5 days latter, so I have to move Task 2 5 days in the future:




and I will get:


As you can see, Task 2 has a new Starting date, and constraint: “Start No Earlier Than”.

Now look again at the first picture in this post. And let’s say that today is Friday, 13.01.2017., and the only work done is those 50% for Task 1. And again, 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 13.01.2017):


Finally, I will Update my Tasks:


and I will get:


So, Move Option is to push Task back and forth from some reasons, and Update Option is for align selected Task with actual Schedule, e.g. to align finished and unfinished Tasks, and their parts to the real life situation (e.g. Status Date). Basically you can get, more or less, the same result with both Options, but my advice is always: Use features for what they are planned for.



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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