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Entering deadline dates
Entering deadline dates
Entering a deadline date for a task causes Project to display a deadline indicator on the
chart portion of a Gantt chart view. If the task’s finish date moves past its deadline date,
Project displays a missed deadline indicator in the Indicator field for that task.
The deadline date feature can help you avoid a common mistake made by new Project
users: placing semi-flexible or inflexible constraints on too many tasks in your plan. Such
constraints severely limit your scheduling flexibility.
Yet, if you know that a specific task must be completed by a certain date, why not enter a
Must Finish On constraint? This is the reason: Assume that you have a five-day task that you
want to see completed by April 17, and today is April 6. If you enter a Must Finish On
constraint on the task and set it to April 17, Project will move it out so that it will indeed end on
April 17.
Pointing to the constraint indicator
will display constraint details.
This task has a Must Finish On constraint, so Project
schedules it to finish on the specified date, but no earlier.
Even if the task could be completed earlier, Project will not reschedule it to start earlier. In
fact, by applying that constraint, you increased the risk for this task. If the task is delayed for
even one day for any reason (a required resource is sick, for example), the task will miss its
planned finish date.
A better approach to scheduling this task is to use the default As Soon As Possible
constraint and then enter a deadline of April 17. A deadline is a date value you enter for
a task that indicates the latest date by which you want the task to be completed, but the
deadline date itself does not constrain the scheduling of the task.
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