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Exercises

You've started a new project and want to be sure all the underlying scheduling elements are set so that Project will schedule your project as you expect. But there are so many elements, you'd like to make sure you understand their effects yourself. In the following Exercises, you will make changes to the task default start and end times, to the project base calendar, and to a specific task that requires special scheduling, and observe the effects of each change. Begin with the file, "New Product Hour 5.MPP." Solutions to the exercise can be found in the file, "New Product Hour 5-Exercises.MPP." See the Introduction for instructions to access the sample files and solutions for these exercises on the book's Web page.

  1. Open the project file and change the way Project displays Start and Finish dates so that you can also see time values.

  2. Set the project start time to 7 a.m. Then set the task default stop time to 7 a.m. Did any tasks change to a 7 a.m. start time? Did all tasks change to a 7 a.m. start time?

  3. Change the Standard base calendar to start working time for Monday through Friday at 7:00 a.m. Did the Start fields for the remaining tasks change?

  4. Task 14, "Produce Lab Scale Product," requires special scheduling. The lab is reserved for R&D department use exclusively on Mondays, so that time is not available to you. Create a base calendar, named Lab, that marks Mondays as nonworking and assign Task 14 to the new calendar.

  5. Before assigning it to a special calendar, Task 14 had a Duration of 10 days, Starting January 3, 2000 at 7:00 a.m. and Finishing January 13, 2000 at 4:00 p.m. Did applying a task calendar change the task Duration? Did the Start day or time change? Is the Finish the same? Can you explain why?


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