I am creating a master schedule with detailed project schedules as its subprojects. Everytime I change dates in the master, MS Project assigns a “start no later than” constraint in the detailed project schedule. I am looking for a way around this as I don’t my detailed project schedules to be riddled with constraints everytime I make changes to the master. Any suggestions is much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
I agree with Jigs. Another thought, if you are changing a sub-project task in your master project, you are actually changing the sub-project. Setting a start date directly will always set a Start no earlier than constraint. That’s how Project knows to keep the task on that date.
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