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    When a duration of a task is 1 day, MS Project and the task has dependency and on Auto Schedule, MS Project is not consistent in the way it has the Start date and Finish date. Example:

     

    Task NameDuration% CompleteStartFinish
    Task 11 day0%Mon 4/2/12Tue 4/3/12

     

    Task NameDuration% CompleteStartFinish
    Task 21 day0%Tue 3/6/12Tue 3/6/12

    How can you Fix this problem and make it Start and Finish Dates in a consistent manner (Task 1 or Taks2), and why is it MS project doing this?

    #6763 Reply
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    I think Task 1 is starting some time later than 8 AM on 4/2/12 ( assuming standard settings).

    Insert the Times along with dates, and that should give you a clue. (File >> Options >> General >> Date Format)

     

     

    #6765 Reply
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     Posted by Asim AnsariWhen a duration of a task is 1 day, MS Project and the task has dependency and on Auto Schedule, MS Project is not consistent in the way it has the Start date and Finish date. Example:

    Task NameDuration% CompleteStartFinish
    Task 11 day0%Mon 4/2/12Tue 4/3/12

     

    Task NameDuration% CompleteStartFinish
    Task 21 day0%Tue 3/6/12Tue 3/6/12

    How can you Fix this problem and make it Start and Finish Dates in a consistent manner (Task 1 or Taks2), and why is it MS project doing this?

    #6766 Reply
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    Here is what I found ,

    When you want the task to finish the next day, go to options , set the defualt from 8:00 to 5:00 , eneter 9 hours per day , enter 45 hours per week, enter 20 days per month , next go to the calendar , enter 8:00 to 12:00 then 1:00 to 5:00.

    otherwise the task will end the next day .

    Cheers

    #6767 Reply
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    Sorry Correction

    Here is what I found ,

    When you want the task to finish the same  day, go to options , set the defualt from 8:00 to 5:00 , eneter 9 hours per day , enter 45 hours per week, enter 20 days per month , next go to the calendar , enter 8:00 to 12:00 then 1:00 to 5:00.

    otherwise the task will end the next day .

    Cheers

    #6769 Reply
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    Rick has the right approach to start with.  I wouldn’t change the calendar for the sole purpose of attempting to land a one day task on the same day.  This will have consequences throughout your project.

    #6771 Reply
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    Hello Asim,

    I can’t reproduce the issue. Have you updated the product ? If possible, pls send me the mpp file and a snapshot of the screen at projectuser[at]fastmail.fm. I’ll check and post feedback.

    Regards.

    #10522 Reply
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    You might want to check you default calendar settings to make sure you are working standard hours (8 AM to 5 PM).  I would also suggest checking your project options to toggle the task type between fixed work and duration to see if that makes a difference.  If neither of those fix the issue, then I would suggest looking at the details of each of the two tasks to see if the settings are the task level are different (ie one is effort driven, one uses a different calendar, etc.).

    #10523 Reply
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    A strong possibility is that somewhere in your path one or your tasks has more or less than an 8 hour day.  These can push part day durations to later tasks due to your dependencies.

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