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Control task scheduling with task types
Project uses the assignment units value when initially scheduling or later rescheduling
a task, but it uses peak units when reporting a resource’s maximum peak units value.
Here’s one example. If you initially assigned a resource at 100% assignment units to
a 1-day, fixed-unit task, Project used that value to initially calculate 8 hours of work.
However, if you then recorded 10 hours of actual work on the task, versions of Project
prior to 2010 would have recalculated the assignment units to be 120% to keep the
scheduling formula accurate. If you then added more work or changed the duration
of the task, Project would have scheduled the task using the 120% assignment units
value—probably not the result you’d want. Project 2010 and later, however, will record
the 120% peak value, and if you subsequently add work or change the duration of the
task, Project will use the original assignment units value of 100% rather than the peak
value of 120% to reschedule the task.
Scenario: At Lucerne Publishing, you tried adjusting work and assignment details of some
tasks in the new children’s book plan but didn’t get the results you wanted. After learning
how to adjust task types, you decide to give that a try.
In this exercise, you change a task type and some scheduling formula values, and you see
the resulting effect on the tasks.
On the View tab, in the Task Views group, click Task Usage .
The Task Usage view appears.
In the Task Name column, select the name of task 8, Copyedit .
On the Task tab, in the Editing group, click Scroll to Task .
Project displays the schedule and assignment details for task 8, Copyedit .
The Task Usage view groups the assigned resources below each task and shows you,
among other things, each task’s duration and work—two of the three variables of the
scheduling formula.
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