Hello everyone, I am new to project management and I have a question I'm hoping someone can help me with. I am working with ms project 2013, and until recenty I learned the difference between work and duration. When inputting information for time into these fields, correct me if I'm wrong, but you probably only need to add information into the 'Actual Work' column, and 'Remaining Work' column, and then the rest of the calculations sort themselves out automatically? Is this correct? Saving Changes...
The main difference reside the type of task (MS Project Project have 3 types), If the task is Fixed work such as the task required a machine or man power, the task type must be set to Fixed Work (more resources, less the duration) and the activity is like printing (even if you add 5 engineers watching the printer you will not reduce the printing duration) must be set to fixed duration.
Add the 3 Columns: % Complete , % Actual , % Physical complete.
When updating % complete or % Actual normaly both columns will be updated with same number only the Physical % complete need your input manually because is the one used to compute the Earned value.
After adjusting % Complete and Physical % Complete, you can adjust the remaining duration.
To conclude: After introducing the remaining duration be sure the % complete and Physical % complete are correct.
Hope could help, if you have any other please ask more challenging situation. Saving Changes...
Thank you all for your input! One of my problems was I had each task set up to 'fixed units' instead of 'fixed duration'. And now I understand the equation of Duration*Units=Work, I was entering only into the actual duration field, which now I am entering into actual work instead.