May 24 2022 05:10 AM
May 24 2022 05:10 AM
I want to set up a an autoschedule task called Direct & Manage project work, that is autoscheduled and will start when the project starts, and have a finish date based on the project finish date. I can't figure out what the right predecessor dependency types to use linking the start date of the first project task and the finish date of the last task in the project to this direct and manage project task. Any suggestions?
May 24 2022 05:14 AM
May 24 2022 08:23 AM
Seemed to work? Really, I like to see a screen shot of that "working".
The only way I know to get what you want is with a hammock task. The details of how to set that up are laid out in the following Wiki article:
May 24 2022 09:21 AM - edited May 24 2022 11:07 AM
@John-project . The dependencies I created seemed to work. I set a Start-to-Start dependency as a Predecessor on the first project task, then a Finish-to-Finish dependency Predecessor on the last project task. Here's a screenshot.
May 24 2022 09:30 AM
May 24 2022 11:00 AM
May 24 2022 12:59 PM
Sorry but your screen shot doesn't show anything relevant. Take a look at the following sample. The first instance of "manage project" is a hammock task that starts concurrent with "task a" and finishes concurrent with the finish of "task b". The second instance, "manage project 2", is implemented using your method. It finishes when "task d" finishes but does not start when "task c" starts.
May 25 2022 10:55 AM
@John-project . The page that describes creating a hammock task is a little dated. I went through the steps to copy the start date of the first task, pasted as link to the Manage Project Task Start Date, then copied the finish date of the last task in the project and pasted as link to the finish date of the Manage Project task. No grey triangles appear in the lower right corner of the start and finish date fields. The only thing that displays is an icon in the status indicator field that just says the task has a finish no earlier than constraint and gives me the project end date.
Additionally, after I added the edit links command and clicked on it, the screen shown in the article for managing links was not the same that was shown in the article. Below is what I see in Project 2021.
So, bottom line, I don't know whether this Hammock Task thing worked or not. There has to be a way to have a Manage Project Task that is autoscheduled and updates at least the finish date, as the project changes using predecessor and/or successor dependency types.
May 25 2022 11:19 AM
@John-project . The predecessor and dependency types I set up on the Manage Project Task, using the first project task and the last project task seems to be working.
May 25 2022 01:21 PMSolution
May 25 2022 02:29 PM
@John-project This time the linking worked for me, the little grey triangles show up now and the edit links button is enabled. I was pasting as a link before but wasn’t working for some reason. this time I actually selected paste>Special and selected the paste as link option and it worked.
May 25 2022 07:09 PM
I'm glad you got it working. Now, doesn't that work better than your method? If I answered your question, please consider marking my response as the answer.