in Microsoft Project 2016 there is one very useful field called: Assignment Delay. Let me show you how useful is it, and how can you use it.
First, as I always do, I will create simple Project:
I will also create some Resources:
OK! for example, let’s say that all resources will work on all Tasks. I will assign them,, and I will get:
OK! So far, so good! Now Let’s say that on Task 2, John will start 1 day latter, and Mary 2 days later. I will switch to the Task Usage View and I will add Assignment Delay Field:
Now I will put 1 day for John, and 2 days for Mary at Task 1, and I will get:
As you can see, John will work two days. But since he has 1 day delay, he will work at Tuesday and Wednesday. Mary will work two das too. But since she has 2 days delay, she will work at Wednesday, and Thursday. So, Assignment Delay field is about postponing start day on Task for particular Resource.
Suppose that for Task 2 Peter should work only last day (e.g., according to picture above, at Tuesday, 21.3.2017). If I put 2 days in Assignment Delay field, I will not get what I want, because Peter will start to work on Tuesday, but it will work 3 days. Instead of that I will follow next steps:
Since Peter is supposed to work only at Tuesday (last day) I will put:
After I hit OK button, I will get:
So, I got what I wanted. I put 8 hours (e.g. 1 day) in work field for Peter, and 2 days in Assignment Delay field, and Peter will work only one day, but last one (e.g. Tuesday).
Very useful thing, isn’t it?