Keep Duration the same when entering Actual work time for resources
Posted on 2008-10-31
Does anyone know how I can get the duration in project to not change when entering time on resources? I have the task set to a task type of fixed duration with effort driven disabled but when I put the time in for the resources and set the remaining work to zero (to have the task completed) the system insists on lowering the duration down to a smaller number.
- In our environment the resources are not dedicated to projects, they also do operations so their project time is limited. What that means is that a 4 hour job can take days to complete. Therefore in a project I will set a duration to, for example, 10 days as I know it will take the team about that long to do the work. When they actually report their time back to me (they do it at the end of the task) it may be eactly 5 hours of work but it still took them the 10 days to get the entire task done. Therefore I want project to reflect that the duration was 10 days but the users worked 5 hours each. What I do now is to enter the 5 hours in the Actual Work field for each of the resources. The Remaining Work field will then show 72 hours (since the system initially shows a total of 75 hours of work which is 10 days x 7.5 hrs per day). I then change that remaining work to be 0 (zero). Now I have an accurate time worked for each of the resources. The problem I get is that as soon as I complete the task by changing the last person's remaining work hours to zero it lowers the duration to something less than 10 days, often a lot less than 10 (1.2 days).