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Control task scheduling with task types
In the Task Type box, select Fixed Duration .
Click OK to close the Task Information dialog box.
Changing the task type does not result in any immediate change to the schedule.
Next, you’ll add work to the task and observe the effect.
In the Work field for task 24, Final review , type 120h , and then press Enter.
Because this is a fixed duration task and you added work, Project adjusted the peak
value to 125%; this represents an intentional overallocation. On the right side of the
usage view, you can see that the resources assigned to task 24 now have 10 hours of
work scheduled per day for most days of their assignments to this task. Their original
assignment units values of 100% each remain unaffected, however.
As you fine-tune your plans in Project, you might find times when a quick adjustment to
Project’s response to a schedule change via the Actions button is sufficient. At other times,
you might choose to intentionally change a task type to more consistently control how
Project will handle its scheduling.
Task types and effort-driven scheduling
Many people misunderstand task types and effort-driven scheduling and conclude
that these two issues are more closely related than they really are. Both settings can
affect your schedule. Whereas the effect of a task type applies whenever you edit a
task’s work, duration, or unit values, effort-driven scheduling affects your schedule
only when you’re assigning or removing resources from tasks. For more information
about effort-driven scheduling, see Chapter 6.
CLEAN UP Close the Advanced Tasks file.
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