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Q1:My schedule changed and the Planning Wizard warned me that a constraint could not be met. I clicked OK on the dialog box to close the warning so I could fix the problem, but Project deleted my constraint instead of letting me fix it. Why?
A1: Because of the way the defaults are set in the Planning Wizard dialog boxes. Without making any changes in the box, clicking OK in these schedule conflict boxes is actually the same as clicking Cancel. In both cases, the default selection is accepted by Project, and the default selection is to cancel the activity that caused the problem. To tell Project to allow the conflict, so that you can fix the schedule yourself, you must choose another option in the box, typically the option that begins with the word "Continue."
Q2:One of my tasks has a deadline date set and it is a successor to another task. The predecessor is requiring more time than planned, so I increased its duration. No warning appeared on the task with the deadline. Why not?
A2: There are a couple of possibilities. If the tasks are linked in a Finish-to-Start relationship, the predecessor duration change was not significant enough to cause the successor task to finish past its deadline. No harm, no foul. But if the tasks are linked in a Start-to-Start relationship, the duration of the first task has no bearing on the successor in any case. The date when an SS predecessor starts is the important date; if it takes longer and finishes later, the second task is not affected.


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