Splitting a task

Splitting a task can sometimes be the best way to resolve a scheduling conflict. You may not be able to complete the task on consecutive days, but you can start the task, stop work on it for a period of time, and then come back to the task. Project enables you to split a task anytime you determine that you need to make this type of adjustment. Remember that splitting a task creates a gap, which you see in the task's Gantt bar. Follow these steps to split a task:

1. Switch to the Gantt Chart view.

2. Click the Split Task button on the Standard toolbar. The button appears to be pressed, the mouse pointer changes shape, and a screen tip tells you how to split a task, as shown in Figure 9-11.

£j Microsoh Prnjert - 0901 iOOinipp

Ulalü

m EMe

£dit View Insert Format loo te Project

r.nllahorare

Window

Help Type â question for help ▼ i? x

m djaaioiukTiJi ^ .

J I ■

life, # l#]|J3 J S 1 i N°3ou> - 1

ärfäJfcia « *

* *

*

Show Arid

3 - tt

[

s Ms

= | All Tasks

1 PERT Analysis . > Co[jy Picture to Office Wizard ! Visio WDS Chart Wizard- J XML Reporting Wizard

ï

Invitation list

o

Task Name

Duration

Steil

y 25, "03

JU101. '03

JUn 06.'03

Jun15,'&3

M I WIT F ; S

S [M TWT F S ; S . M TWT F | S

SM TWT

t

• Conference

11 days

Men in

Split Task: ESSi fïïïïïl

4

Start:

Deb Wuuck

5

Click the mouse to insert a split on the task.

i

tleena TaiienDIalt

6

- Selection

6,75 days

Man i<(-a?jr

If*

7

Theme

1.75 days

Men 06/02/03

8

Ste

1 wk

Tue 06,03/03

9

Keynote speaker

3.13 days

Tete OBÍÍ3/03

CH

yy] BobWoaek

;' i, Tane

nblatt[50K,|,Ellei

Ö

10

- Hire

8 days

Tltu [16/95/03

c

11

Caterer

5 days

Thu 06/05/03

1

(J

12

Bartenders

3 days

Thu OB/1 2/03

13

Seculty

5 days

Thu 06/05/03

14

Photosrattfiers

3 days

Thy 06«5/03

15

Clearup Crew

2 days

Thu 06.05/03

t

SU

16

- Plan Entertainment

1 day

Mon 96/02/03

17

8asefcall Game

i day

to 06/02/03

m

18

Ctyjera

4 hrs

Wen 06.02/03

i

|p

19

- Public Relations

2 days

Trie 96/1C/Í3

20

Alert community

2 days

Tue 06/10/03

M

-

<T

*

I 3

jj

in

li

NÜM

Figure 9-11: Use the Split Task button to divide a task.

3. Move the mouse pointer along the bar of the task that you want to split. As the mouse pointer moves, dates representing the split date appear in the screen tip.

4. Click when the screen tip shows the date on which you want to split the task; Project inserts a 1-day split.

Tip If you want the split to last longer than 1 day, drag to the right instead of clicking.

After you split a task, it will look similar to Task 5, as shown in Figure 9-12, with dotted lines appearing between the two portions of the split. If you decide that you want to remove a split, drag the inside portions of the split together so that they touch.

Figure 9-12: This Gantt Chart shows a split task.
Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment