Rescheduling the Project

Suppose that you and your team started executing a project a few months ago. Some tasks were completed and some were in progress when your team's efforts were redirected onto a different urgent priority. Now, you're all back to work on this project again, ready to pick up where you left off.

What do you do with your project plan? The scheduled dates of tasks you need to work on now are two months old. Do you have to readjust all the tasks to align them with the current calendar?

No, you just need to reschedule incomplete tasks for the current date. Microsoft Project will shift any incomplete tasks forward to a date you specify, and you can continue forward from there (see Figure 10-18).

Figure 10-18. This project stalled in early April, and then was rescheduled to continue about two weeks later.

Note In a situation like this, it might be a good idea to save a new baseline. Keep the old one, but use the new baseline for your everyday variance measurements.

To reschedule uncompleted tasks, follow these steps:

1 Click Tools, Tracking, Update Project.

2 Select the Reschedule Uncompleted Work To Start After option.

3 Enter the start after date in the box.

By default, today's date appears. You can use this method to reschedule the entire project or just selected tasks. Select either the Entire Project or the Selected Tasks option to specify your choice.

® By default, any tasks that were in progress are split so that remaining work is scheduled after the date you specify. If you don't want in-progress tasks to be split, click Tools, Options and then click the Schedule tab. Clear the Split In-Progress Tasks check box.

When you rescheduled uncompleted work in Microsoft Project 2000 and earlier, date constraints were removed and changed to As Soon As Possible or As Late As Possible. Starting with Microsoft Project 2002, uncompleted tasks that have a date constraint (such as Must Start On or Finish No Earlier Than) are not rescheduled, which preserves the constraint and gives you the option of deciding how to handle it.

Also in previous versions of Microsoft Project, when you rescheduled uncompleted work, you could not enter a date in the past; you could only enter the current or future date. As of Microsoft Project 2002, you can enter any reschedule date you want, even one in the past. If a task is in progress, the date does need to be after the task's existing stop date or actual start date.

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