Project 2007 applying work resource time spent to summary level tasks
Posted on 2011-10-19
I need clarification on whether it is ok to assign work resources, and apply time to them, on summary level tasks.
I occasionally have problems with applying time spent to work resources and I was informed, by coworkers, that I should never assign work resources at the summary level as that can cause problems with Project 2007. Is this true?
Furthermore, I was informed that applying time to subtasks of summary tasks that have resources and time spent, which sometimes happens, is even more of a problem. Is this true as well?
Some background: I typically create a Gantt where the summary task is the deliverable and the subtasks are components of getting that deliverable done. When workers submit their timesheets it only lists the deliverable they worked on and not necessarily the actual subtask (my organization decided to save the workers time from having to fill in detailed timesheets at the subtask level) so I apply their time to the summary level.
Furthermore, there are times when there are subtasks that are also deliverables (sometimes summary level and sometimes not); so time will also be applied there. This is where the second items mentioned above comes into play, where I will, sometimes, apply time to a subtask of a deliverable if it is another deliverable (either a summary task or not).
PS. I cannot find a zone for MS Project? has it disappeared?