How to reset the help of the Project Zomboid Server

Set the start or finish date for a project in Project Desktop

By default, the start date for all new projects is the current date. Of course, you can change this to a different start time. You can also choose to schedule the project from a finish date.

Tip:Project management If possible, plan your project starting from a starting point. Even if the end date of the project is known, planning from the start date gives you the greatest flexibility.

Set the start or finish date for a project

  1. click on Project > Project information.

  2. Select from the list Calculate schedule from either Project start date or Project end date out.

  3. Enter in the field Start date or Deadline the date from which planning is to begin.

tip

Explanation

Decide on a planning method

A project can only be planned from the start or finish date. Planning based on both date values ​​is not possible.

Postpone the start time of a project

You can change the start or finish date of the project as you like, even after you have created the project plan. click on Project > Move project.

If you move a project, you can choose whether Project should also move the dates of the actual work done. You can have more control over the way completed and unfinished parts of tasks move if you use the Update Project feature before moving. click on Project > Update project, then enable the option The start of incomplete work will be postponed to the date after. Now set a time in the future after which unfinished work can be rescheduled; Actual dates for activities are not postponed. You can then use the "Move project" function.

Advantages of planning based on the finish date

You want to determine the date a project must start in order for it to be completed on a specific finish date. Nevertheless, it often makes sense to switch back to planning from the start date when the actual work on the project begins.

You don't know exactly when the project will start.

Your project management method provides planning based on the finish date.

What happens in Project when planning based on the end date?

As you enter new tasks, Project automatically assigns the As Late As Possible (SSWM) restriction to those tasks. Other restrictions should only be set if they are really necessary.

If you change the finish date of a task by dragging a task bar, Project automatically assigns the Finish No Later Than (ENSA) constraint.

When you use auto-leveling to reduce resource congestion in the project, Project negates the leveling delay in favor of balancing resource availability. Since the project is planned on the basis of the end date, the time is not added before but after an activity in the event of negative adjustment delays.

If you set a schedule based on the finish date for a project that was previously scheduled based on the start date, Project automatically removes any reconciliation delays and reconciliation interruptions from tasks and assignments.

Pay attention to deadline restrictions

If the finish date does not change after you change the start date, one or more tasks may have a deadline constraint. Review the constraints in your planning and make sure that they are all appropriate and necessary. To view the limitations of an operation, right-click the operation, click information and then the tab Extended.

Pay attention to the current progress reported for the operations

If the start date does not change after you change the finish date, it is possible that at least one task has a constraint date set or actual progress has been reported. Review the constraints in your planning and make sure that they are all appropriate and necessary. To view the limitations of an operation, right-click the operation, click information and then the tab Extended.

More information on project start and end dates

Top of page

These instructions apply to Microsoft Project 2007.

Set the start or finish date for a project

  1. Do you click in the menu Project on Project information.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To plan from the start date, click in the list Calculate schedule from on Project start date.

    • To plan based on the closing date, click in the list Calculate schedule from on Project end date.

  3. Enter in the field Start date or Deadline the date from which planning is to begin.

  • If you choose to plan from the finish date because you want to determine the latest possible start date to meet the finish date, it is often still useful to return to planning from the start date when work on the project begins. This allows you to clearly see the progress of your project and to track factors and situations that could lead to a change in the finish date.

  • A project can only be planned from the project start date or the project end date at any time. It is not possible to schedule from both dates at the same time. When planning from the project start date, the project end date is calculated automatically when the project changes. If you plan from the project end date, the project start date is calculated automatically. To change the automatically calculated date, you must either switch to planning the project from the currently calculated date or make changes to the activities in the project in order to adjust the date calculation.

  • If the finish date does not change after you change the start date, one or more tasks may have a deadline constraint. Review the constraints in your planning and make sure that they are all appropriate and necessary. (To view the limitations of a task, select the task, then click the menu Extras on Process controlling factors.

  • If the start date does not change after changing the finish date, it is possible that at least one task has reported actual progress or a deadline restriction has been set. Review the constraints in your planning and make sure that they are all appropriate and necessary. (To view the limitations of a task, select the task, then click the menu Extras on Controlling processes Factors.

  • If a question in your project starts before the project start date, you may have set a date constraint, the task may have an external dependency, or the task may have recorded an actual start date before the project start date. Try the following solutions:

    • If your task has a time constraint that it cannot start before the project start date, then reset the constraint. Select the operation, click Operation information and then the tab Extended. Click in the list Restriction type on As early as possible.

    • If the task requires an external dependency, change the project start date to match the external dependency date. Do you click in the menu Project on Project information. Enter in the field Start date the new date.

    • If your task has an incorrect Actual Start Date, select the task, then point to Follow Up on the Tools menu ,and then click Update tasks. To change You underIs the date in the field Begin.

  • You can change the start or finish date of a project at any time, even after you have created the project plan. For example, if you're trying to meet a certain finish date and your project plan is currently going beyond that date, you can manually set the start date earlier to automatically adjust the finish date. To move the project start or end date, click on the toolbar analysis on Adjust dates. This macro changes the task dates in relation to the new start or finish date for the project.

Learn more about planning from a start or finish date

Almost every project should be planned on the basis of a set starting date. Even if the end date of the project is known, planning from the start date gives you the greatest flexibility.

However, there are some cases when planning from a finish date is more appropriate. For example, planning at the start of a deadline is generally recommended in these cases:

  • You want to determine the date by which a project must start in order to be completed on a specific required date.

  • You are not sure when the project will start (for example, if your start date depends on receipt of work from another source and the date of receipt of that work is not yet known).

  • You need to plan from the deadline according to your project management methodology.

When working with a project that is scheduled from a finish date, be aware of the differences in how some processes are handled in such projects in Microsoft Office Project. For projects that are planned from the end date:

  • When you enter new tasks, Office Project automatically assigns the As late as possible restriction to these tasks. You should only set other conditions if they are necessary.

  • If you change the finish date of a task by dragging a task bar, Office Project automatically assigns the finish no later than constraint.

  • If you use auto-leveling to reduce resource overload in the project, Office Project will add a negative sign to the leveling delay in favor of balancing resource availability. Since the project is planned on the basis of the end date, the time is not added before but after an activity in the event of negative adjustment delays.

If you set a schedule based on the finish date for a project that was previously scheduled based on the start date, Office Project automatically removes all reconciliation delays and reconciliation interruptions from tasks and assignments.

Top of page