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Practice Areas: Agile, Change Management, Scheduling
MS Project Scheduling
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Do you use auto schedule or manual schedule in MS Project? I was taught to always use manual since it makes it easier to adjust and change the schedule. Does this depend on the project or personal preference? Or both?
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I mostly use Auto. I might start the basic task list in Manual, but I prefer Auto once I am adding dates and predecessors. If I know I'll be using predecessors (usually do), it's easier to start in Auto than it is to change a long list after the fact.
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1 reply by Ed Tsyitee Jr
Mar 20, 2017 5:00 PM
Ed Tsyitee Jr
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But if you have to make a change, then all the predecessors that are impacted have to change as well right? For example, there is a schedule change in task 5.1 and that change impacts the task and schedule before it.
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I used both, depending on the project and the need to add tasks or starting from scratch.
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Mar 20, 2017 4:38 PM
Replying to Aaron Porter
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I mostly use Auto. I might start the basic task list in Manual, but I prefer Auto once I am adding dates and predecessors. If I know I'll be using predecessors (usually do), it's easier to start in Auto than it is to change a long list after the fact.
But if you have to make a change, then all the predecessors that are impacted have to change as well right? For example, there is a schedule change in task 5.1 and that change impacts the task and schedule before it.
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i do prefer to work in auto mode
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From what I've read/heard - auto mode is the recommended. I mainly use auto, but some tasks may need to be manual.

If task A is changed, and is also a predecessor of task B, which in turn a predecessor of task C, yes, there will be downstream impacts. But that is one of the points - showing the impact of a change/delay. Are they critical? Do they have float?

Remember to baseline too to help track changes.
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Auto is recommended otherwise if there is a change need to change all related task manually ... there will be mix of Auto and manual task in any project plan, most should be auto....
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I also go with Auto. By using manual a lot of useful MS Project features become superfluous. As Andrew stated, baselining is key for efficient project tracking.
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I may start in manual mode, but as the schedule gets more elaborate I cut over to Auto mode.
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Thanks everyone for replying. I had MS Project as part of my Office Suite (free download from the school) but when my hard drive crashed, I lost it. I'm wanting to practice more in Project, and was wondering what is the recommended scheduling setting. Again-thank you!
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Ed, check out MPUG - you'll soon be a pro
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2 replies by Ed Tsyitee Jr and Mayte Mata-Sivera
Mar 22, 2017 4:43 PM
Ed Tsyitee Jr
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thanks-what is that?
Mar 22, 2017 4:52 PM
Mayte Mata-Sivera
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Interesting...thank you!
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