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Beware of scheduling from the finish date

If you must schedule from the finish date, be aware that your task constraints and leveling tools will behave differently than in a project that is scheduled from the start date.

For more information about task constraints, see "Scheduling Tasks to Achieve Specific Dates" on page 157.

For more information about resource leveling, see "Balancing Resource Workloads" on page 271.

Consider that same project of 100 tasks. In a project scheduled from the finish date, any tasks that do not require a specific date are scheduled to be done as late as possible, rather than as soon as possible. Microsoft Project schedules the last task to be finished on your project finish date and works backward from that point until the first task is started. If that first task is scheduled before the current date or too early for your project requirements, you can adjust the tasks and other aspects of the schedule.

To set up your project plan to be scheduled from the project start date, follow these steps:

1 Click Project, Project Information.

The Project Information dialog box appears (see Figure 3-4).

Project Information for "NEWBIZ"

Start date: Finish date:

Current date: |Sat 4/19/03 I Status date:

Tue 6/22/04

Schedule from: | Project Start Date ^J Calendar: | Standard

All tasks begin as soon as possible. Priority:

Enterprise Custom Fields

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Tue 6/22/04

Schedule from: | Project Start Date ^J Calendar: | Standard

All tasks begin as soon as possible. Priority:

Enterprise Custom Fields

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1 Custom Field Name_

Value

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Figure 3-4. Use the Project Information dialog box to specify settings for the entire project.

Figure 3-4. Use the Project Information dialog box to specify settings for the entire project.

2 In the Start Date box, enter the project start date. By default, the Start Date box shows today's date.

3 In the Schedule From box, click Project Start Date.

Leave the Project Finish Date box as is. Microsoft Project will calculate this date for you later.

To set up your project plan to be scheduled from the project finish date, follow these steps:

1 Click Project, Project Information.

2 In the Schedule From box, click Project Finish Date.

3 In the Finish Date box, enter the project finish date.

Leave the Project Start Date box as is. Microsoft Project will calculate this date for you later.

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