MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration

MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration

Upon reviewing a vendor’s Integrated Master Schedule, created in MS Project, I noticed something very peculiar. Where some tasks could clearly be marked as Fixed Duration, everything was Fixed Units.  I think there are two answers for this.  Either there was a misunderstanding about the work to be performed or the person doing the schedule needs some help understanding task types.  I believe working with MS Project can make your eyes bleed if you’re not used to it.  But if you’re armed with just a little information about task types, it can be a whole lot easier.

I would love to go into a detailed explanation about Fixed Work, Fixed Units, and Fixed Duration.  If I did, however, you’d probably leave my site never to return.   Instead, I found a very helpful video on YouTube.  Why go hunting for this stuff when you can just find it here?

4 Replies to “MS Project Task Types – Fixed Work – Units – Duration”

  1. Derek,

    Many project managers use Microsoft Project without even looking at the task type, the default task type is fixed units/resources.

    You may find a project manager wondering why MS project changes duration automatically after the PM has changed the work/effort.

    Scheduling software is the main skill of the project manager, yet many people do not make effort to master it.

    BTW, MS Project help gives a great overview about the task types.

    Thanks

    1. Kareem,
      You’re certainly correct. I’ve seen PMs loading MS Project without considering the task types. That’s one reason I wrote the post. The Microsoft site really is a great resource but I thought a picture was worth a thousand words. If people really want to read about it, they can find it under Help and How-to at http://office.microsoft.com.

  2. Derek,

    Many project managers use Microsoft Project without even looking at the task type, the default task type is fixed units/resources.

    You may find a project manager wondering why MS project changes duration automatically after the PM has changed the work/effort.

    Scheduling software is the main skill of the project manager, yet many people do not make effort to master it.

    BTW, MS Project help gives a great overview about the task types.

    Thanks

    1. Kareem,
      You’re certainly correct. I’ve seen PMs loading MS Project without considering the task types. That’s one reason I wrote the post. The Microsoft site really is a great resource but I thought a picture was worth a thousand words. If people really want to read about it, they can find it under Help and How-to at http://office.microsoft.com.

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