I'm at my wits' end...
I have a very complicated schedule comprised of 650 tasks, that I'm
maintaining for a client. It's a data center move, and there are several
chains of tasks which result in various servers being built, configured,
connected, tested, etc.
Each task is finish to start linked to the following tasks with no lead or
lag time. There are no date constraints in any of them. The first 3 or 4
tasks of each of these chains has already been completed. The task which
then follows, should begin right after the last one in the string finished.
But it's not. They are pushed out be many weeks, and I can't make them move
from their new way too late start dates. Even if I set a Must start on
date, all it then does is park the constraint icon in the indicator column
but doesn't move the task. This is true whether I have "tasks will honor
constraints" turned on or off. I don't know if this is some artifact of
levelling. (I hate levelling, manual or automatic, it's either a huge pain
to do it or nonsense results from the automatic approach.) One thing I did
notice is that the late start date is way way earlier than the start date
these tasks have. The only way I can get these dates to move is to plug an
actual start date in there, then the chains will reschedule. But they
aren't started, yet, so I don't want to do that. (It was a last ditch
effort to understand what's going on here, and it didn't help me understand
This is an urgent situation - I need to provide this schedule to the client
on Monday (after I add a string of additional work that's been identified)
but I'm reluctant to add anything to this until I understand what's going on
I'm not even sure where else I should be looking for possible causes of
this. I checked the MS KB and found nothing that was helfpul. If anyone
has suggestions of what I should be looking for, please let me know.
Vibren Technologies, Inc.