SCHEDULE: Managing the Project Plan

Modified on Thu, 01 Jun 2023 at 11:12 AM

The Schedule section of the Project Workspace is where the top deliverables and milestones for each project are tracked and managed.


The schedule plan is shown on the Project Workspace, visually displaying the items that have been promoted from the Gantt chart for reporting - for the date range of the items listed. Navigate to the Project Schedule by either scrolling down on your Project Workspace, or by selecting Schedule from the left-hand navigation pane.



Schedule View



The schedule combines 3 pieces of delivery information:


  • TIMELINE:   The first entry on the schedule is the total timeline of the project. This entry is informed by the start and end dates for the project under the project settings.


  • PHASES:   Next are the methodology phases. These entries are informed by the phase dates set for the project under the project settings.


  • GANTT:   All the promoted schedule items from the project's Gantt chart.



The Project Schedule Toolbar




 

  • Click on Edit in Gantt View to see the full plan for the project and to manage and populate the schedule.




There are various options for populating a project schedule:


1. MANUALLY:    Add schedule entries through Fluid's User Interface (UI) by using New Task at the top left of the screen, or the  icon on the schedule;


2. EXCEL UPLOAD:  Upload an Excel spreadsheet of schedule items using the Bulk Edit feature under Tools at the top right of the screen; OR


3. MS PROJECT FILE UPLOAD:   Import your MS Project Plan using .mpp, .mpt or .xml files, under Tools at the top right of the screen.



  •     Click on the Project Schedule Filter to show schedule tasks assigned to you, with most      
               Recent Status Updates or by Schedule Type.      

                               



Gantt Chart Tool Bar





1. New Task to create a new Tier 1 Schedule Item. Click on next to an item to create child items.
2. Indent and Outdent line items to create hierarchies.
3. Undo and Redo changes made.
4. Replan the schedule - recalculate the plan according to dependent (linked) tasks.
5. ReBaseline the schedule for the start/end dates of tasks to view the current dates against the baselined dates. Learn more on schedule baseline, click here.
6. Show Critical Path toggle to YES to highlight all the items and relationships that lie on the shortest timeline in which the project can be completed.
7. Include Weekends to include/exclude weekend days (Saturday and Sunday) for a schedule item's duration.


NOTE: By default, the Gantt schedule will be set to exclude weekends. The project manager can update the flag to turn on the Include Weekends option if required.


8. Search schedule items.

9. Zoom the schedule display by day, week, month, quarter or year

10. Schedule Columns toggle to choose which columns to display.

11. Refresh the Gantt chart.



Gantt Chart View



The left side of the Gantt view displays a list of the schedule items. Re-order line items by simply clicking and dragging them up or down the list. At a glance you can see the following for each item:

  • The unique identifier;
  • Name of the assignee;
  • Duration (in number of days) of the task;
  • Due date of the task; 
  • % completion; and
  • A count of the chat entries.

The intuitive drag-and-drop interface on the right side of the Gantt view allows you to:
  • Change the start/end time and the duration of items 
  • Set % complete
  • Set task dependencies between Gantt items - Finish-to-Finish, Start-to-Finish, Start-to-Start, Finish-to-Start.
  • Set a delay (lag) between linked tasks by double clicking on the dependency link.




Understanding Task Dependencies


Dependencies are the relationships among tasks which determine the order in which activities need to be performed. 

Fluid supports all four (4) types of task dependency relationships, namely:



Finish-to-StartPredecessor (Task #1) must finish before Successor (Task #2) can start. (i.e. Land must be bought before building can begin)



Start to Start

Predecessor (Task #1) must start before Successor (Task #2) can start. (i.e. Excavating must start before foundations can be laid)




Finish to Finish

Predecessor (Task #1) must finish before Successor (Task #2) can finish. (i.e. Plastering must be completed before painting can be completed)




Start to Finish

Predecessor (Task #1) must start before Successor (Task #2) can finish. (i.e. Roof must start before interior painting can be completed)



Tasks may have one or multiple preceding tasks, and one or multiple succeeding tasks. The most common dependency relationship is a finish-to-start relationship - the least common is the start-to-finish relationship. 






Learn how to Update a Schedule Task here.

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