Currently I’m working on a project where some challanges popped-up. The situation is like this:
We have manufacturing tasks of parts that are already started, those have a fixed durations and this wont change.I think i’ll make manual tasks of these.
We also have tasks to assamble all the manufactured parts, these dates will still change depending on finall delivery.
Now i want to get the following from MS-Project:
The amount of days between the end of manufacturing and start of assembling. This could be a extra task called “storage” or an extra collum next to the task.
If assambling starts before the end of the manufacturing I want some sort of visual error. This could be just a red text or something.
Is there any easy way to do this? Thanks for helping!
Create a deadline date for visual errors. It will display in indicators column
In general, it’s a great idea to start assembly as early as possible – even if 100% of parts have not been delivered yet. Is there a problem with that? I know that “manufacturing” and “assembly” could mean many things in different contexts, but it seems like this would be preferable (if the assembly resources are available) so you don’t have idle labor.
From your question, I assume you are not the one entering the progress? It sounds like you would like to know if assembly starts prior to the completion of all manufacturing steps. Are you familiar with how to set up the custom fields? I might consider setting up a custom duration field which would be actual start minus scheduled start, and if that number is negative then you can have a custom flag or something. Would that work for you?