Assignment Delay field in MS PROJECT 2016


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?



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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