MS Project 2013 - actual work

Posted on 2015-01-14
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Last Modified: 2015-01-18
I am trying to figure out how to deal with the Actual Work when it is more than the Work. My Work estimate is 4 hrs and my actual work is 6 hrs. When I input 6 hrs, it automatically updated the Work column. My task mode is in Manually Scheduled. I'd like to keep track of my Work estimate and my extra hrs from the Actual Work. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Question by:leblanc
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by:Phillip Burton
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Was it because of:

1. Extra resources.
2. Extra duration.
3. Stop/start working?

Author Comment

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I guess it is extra work, not extra resources, duration, or stop/start working.

The below is what I have for columns:
Star date: 12/23
End date: 12/23
duration: 1d?
Work: 4hrs
Actual Work: 6hrs

It just took me 2 extra hrs to complete the task. Now when I input actual work, it updated work also. How do I show the extra time and keep the same Work time.
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by:Phillip Burton
Phillip Burton earned 800 total points
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Dr. Thomas Henkelmann earned 1200 total points
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actual work ALWAYS replaces work, Independent from the task type (fixed work, duration, units) and even if manually or automatically scheduled. To keep your initial work (4h) you need to save the baseline (Project..Set Baseline..Set Baseline..OK). This will write the 4h to "Baseline work" and you can compare to the "Actual work" (which equals "Work").

Hope this helps

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no points please... absolutely agree with thausla... use baseline and compare actual to baseline for this need

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