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Change Highlighting helps you see the results of any change you make
to your plan.
Spotting Task Drivers
When you play a game of golf, several factors affect your game. You might be
getting a cold, the weather could be bad, or you could have been handed a
defective club. (These are the reasons I give myself.) Likewise, the timing of
every task in your project is affected by certain conditions. The Task Drivers
feature will help you recognize these conditions, which could include
Actual Start Date or Assignments: You have entered an actual start
date, or you have made a resource assignment to a task and the
resource is not available.
Leveling Delay: If you turned on leveling to deal with resource
overallocations, it may have caused a delay on a task.
Constraints: You apply a constraint to a task, such as forcing it to finish
on a certain date.
Summary Tasks: Summary tasks’ timing are driven by the timing of their
child tasks or subtasks.
Dependency Relationships: A predecessor task can cause changes in a
task’s timing.
To display task driver information, simply click the Task Drivers button on
the Standard toolbar (it looks like a taskbar with an arrow and question mark
above it). The Task Drivers pane appears (see Figure 10-8), explaining the
various conditions driving a task’s timing. You can click another task to display
its drivers; click the Close button in the Task Drivers pane to close it when
you’re done.
Undo, undo, undo
When Microsoft held a prerelease conference announcing new features in
Project 2007, it touted Multiple Undo as the most requested feature and
announced with glee that it had finally arrived.
Why is this feature such a big deal? Individual changes to anything in your
project plan can have several effects. For that reason, undoing several
actions in a row was a major technology challenge. If you want to try out
different scenarios that involve several changes to your project, you used to
have to do an action and then undo it, then do the next action and undo it,
and so on, which is time-consuming and doesn’t allow you to see cumulative
affects. Now, you can try out several changes and then undo the whole list of
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