Manual mode tasks
Please allow tasks to be scheduled in “manual mode” allowing for Project Managers to define start and finish date without auto calculating the effort.
Hi everyone -
Based on the feedback you’ve shared, it sounds like we need to unlink the duration and effort fields to allow for more flexibility in scheduling. We plan on working on this soon – we’ll keep you updated in this thread.
The Project Team
Chris Kegler commented
This is blocking further use and roll-out of Pftw currently. Please fix ASAP. To my opinion Project does not have to calculate at all (fixed work, fixed duration, fixed units). It only adds complexity. Let a user tell Project the startdate, duration and work and who is going to do the work. The heatmap in Power Bi will tell if the planned effort is feasible or not.
Martin Müller commented
I have to agree with Nuno here. Due to the lack of this critical functionality we cannot make P4W broadly available.
In my opinion, this should be the most important feature to add since it represents a red flag for many organizations.
nuno costa commented
This is a basic function of a Project Management. "Duration" and "Effort" are not the same thing and could not be linked.
I want to implement the P4W in our Department but it is not possible due this missing functions.
The P4W represents a huge interface improvement but is not ready to be in Production Environment.
It would be great if it could be done either project-wide or per-task.
With some types of projects we would never want automatic scheduling (for example, most (not all) projects done by informal project managers).
With other projects we would like to globally set it at the project level and then deal with exceptions for certain tasks (most formally managed projects).
With most tasks, most clients we have dealt with would prefer the system to allow for true fixed duration (rather than fixed units as it is done now).
It is much more intuitive for most users to:
1) Make a guess as to how much work something is going to take
2) Figure out when it needs to be done by (or when they think they can commit to finishing it)
3) Have the system tell them how many units of people they need
4) Go find the people
Comment from a user today "We never are going to work on a task for a full day. Right now it assumes you will. That makes what you showed us actually harder to figure out our schedule not easier"
Ilkka Suvanto commented
This is really important!
Peter Kestenholz commented
If we want Planner users to step up to Project for the Web, it must be able to handle effort separate from everything else.
We need this, please
This is a upgraded project pro version which is a nimble to create a project and add updates to it with modern approach.
We need this
At present it is very confusing for users.
The usual/most common situation we have is that we want to be able to say when it needs to be completed and how many hours it takes. We then figure out on our own how many hours a day we will then work on it. Some days we might put in more than a full day. Other days less. If we need more people to help we will add them to the task.
The next most common case would be having the system tell us when we will be done.
If we change how much work we think something is we never want the end date to change by default that is just really frustrating. It makes us want to go back and use excel as we can control what that does.
Can we please have that feature, it is crucial for next steps with Project for the web?