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When should I create a recurring task?
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​Recurring tasks should be created when a task repeats at set intervals. If it does not repeat at set intervals, enter it as a regular task every time it occurs.
How can I move a task? It keeps the start date and duration as priority, rather then logic links I am giving with predecessors.
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​If a task has any actuals applied, such as an actual start date or a percentage of work completed, the task can't be rescheduled any earlier than the date when the task actually began. If no progress is entered and the task has an inflexible constraint, the constraint can take precedence over task dependencies. Please remove % complete values then try again to change predecessors value.
What role do Constraints have?
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Constraints allow you to control the start or finish date of an automatically-scheduled task.
How does the flexible constraints affect tasks?
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Setting flexible constraints allows you to start tasks as early as possible or as late as possible, with the task ending before the project finish, given other constraints and task dependencies in the schedule.
When should I use semi-flexible constraints?
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You can use the semi-flexible constraints when you want allow a task to finish at any time, as long as it meets the start or finish deadline.
When should I use inflexible constraints ?
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Inflexible constraints are useful when you need to make your schedule take into account external factors, such as deadlines, resources, start and finish dates.
How do I make my project as flexible as possible ?
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Tasks are set by default with the "As Soon As Possible" constraint. This gives the scheduling engine the most flexibility in determining the ideal finish date for your project.
Where do I see the constraint type of a task?
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To see what constraint a task has select the given task and click on Task - Task Information - Advanced. Constraint information is in the Constraint type and Constraint date boxes.
What does ALAP mean?
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ALAP comes from As Late As Possible and it is a flexible constraint type. ALAP schedules the task as late as possible with the task ending before the project ends and without delaying subsequent tasks. You should not enter a task start or finish date with this constraint.
What does ASAP mean?
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ASAP comes from As Soon As Possible and is a flexible constraint type. ASAP schedules the task to begin as soon as possible. This is the default constraint for tasks when you schedule from the project start date. You should not enter a start or finish date with this constraint.
What does SNET mean?
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SNET comes from Start No Earlier Than and is a semi-flexible constraint type. SNET schedules the task to start on or after a specified date. Use this constraint to ensure that a task does not start before a specified date.
Is it possible to set a task not to start before a certain date?
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To set a task no not start before a specified date select the task and click on Task - Task Information - Advanced. Set the Constraint type as Start No Earlier Than and the date under the Constraint date box.
What does FNET mean?
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FNET comes from Finish No Earlier Than and is a semi-flexible constraint type. FNET schedules the task to finish on or after a specified date. Use this constraint to ensure that a task does not finish before a certain date.
How do I set a task to not finish before a certain date?
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To set a task to not finish before a specified date select the task and click on Task -Task Information - Advanced. Set the Constraint type as Finish No Earlier Than and the date under the Constraint date box.
Is it possible to set a task to not start after a certain date?
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To set a task to not start after a specified date select the task and click on Task - Task Information - Advanced. Set the Constraint type as Start No Later Than and the date under the Constraint date box.
What does FNLT mean?
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FNLT comes from Finish No Later Than and is a semi-flexible constraint type. FNLT schedules the task to finish on or before a specified date. Use this constraint to ensure that a task does not finish after a certain date.
How do I set a task to not finish after a certain date?
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To set a task to not finish after a specified date select the task and click on Task - Task Information - Advanced. Set the Constraint type as Finish No Later Than and the date under the Constraint date box.
What does MFO mean?
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MFO comes from Must Finish On and is an inflexible constraint type. MFO schedules the task to finish on a specified date. Sets the early, scheduled and late finish dates to the date that you type and anchors the task in the schedule.
What does MSO stand for?
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MSO comes from Must Start On and is an inflexible constraint. MSO schedules the task to start on a specified date. Sets the early, scheduled, and late start dates to the date that you type and anchors the task in the schedule.
What is the most efficient constraint type?
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All constraint types have their own role but only the inflexible constraint override any task dependencies and restrict a task to a date you choose.
What role has the slack calculation?
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The amount of slack in you schedule indicates how long tasks can be delayed before other tasks or the project finish date are affected. If slack exists in your schedule, you can move tasks when certain phases of the schedule have no slack and other phases have too much.
What amount of slack does a critical task have?
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By default a critical task has 0 slack. If the critical task is delayed, the project finish date is also delayed.
What is Total slack?
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The total slack of an activity is the time the activity can be delayed without any impact on the finish date of the project.
What is free slack?
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Free slack is the amount of time an activity can be delayed without impacting another activity.
How can I make sure that my project finishes on time?
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If you want your project to finish on time you can try optimizing tasks that have slack and are not on the critical path.
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