Need an MS Project guru to help me consolidate a schedule in MS Pr

I have been a project schedule with a ridiculously long timeline to condense 
into a 6 month period.  I can't figure out how to change the task duration on 
the section headers.  I've changed the task durations and work hours, but the 
headers and it keeps the overall timeline the same.

2/20/2010 11:55:01 PM
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The answer is yes, I will help.

Do you have tasks with date constraints?
Does every task have at least one FS predecessor and one FS successor?
Do you have predecessors with positive lag?
Do you have predecessors with negative lag?
Do you have any predecessor/successor links to/from the summaries?
Do you have a clear, well defined critical path?
Does it make sense?
Do you have calculation set to auto?
Do you have leveling set to manual?
Do you have resources assigned to the tasks?
Do you have resource over-allocation?
Are you using leveling?
Which leveling options and settings are you using?
Do you have various calendars for the project, the tasks and the resources?
+ other questions...

We can go through a tortuous process of you trying to describe it and me 
(us) making suggestions and trying to eliminate the problems starting with 
the most obvious and hoping to get lucky.
But it is pretty much a waste of time talking about it without being able to 
see it.
Show me.
Trevor Rabey
61 8 92727485

"newbie at MS Project" <newbie at MS> 
wrote in message
>I have been a project schedule with a ridiculously long timeline to 
> into a 6 month period.  I can't figure out how to change the task duration 
> on
> the section headers.  I've changed the task durations and work hours, but 
> the
> headers and it keeps the overall timeline the same.
> Help!!! 

2/21/2010 1:28:30 AM
"Section Headers" are summary tasks and most of their attributes (such as 
work and duration) are calculated read-only values based on their 
subordinate subtasks.  To change a summary, you have to change its subtasks.

Consider whether it's even going to be physically possible to condense the 
timeline as you wish.  IMHO, one of the great fallacies of project 
management is that you can arbitrarily pick a timeframe in which to do the 
project and expect it to actually happen that way, the belief that 
will-power is the determining factor.  But the reality is that many, if not 
most, of the tasks in a project have a maximum rate beyond which they simply 
cannot progress.  As an example, if you have 1 paint sprayer that lays down 
10 square feet per hour and 400 square feet of wall to paint, it will take 
you at least 40 hours to complete the task no matter how badly you want it 
done sooner and there's not a thing you can do about unless you can either 
get another sprayer or upgrade to a faster one.  You can't base your 
schedule on how soon you want it, you have to base it on how long it's going 
to take.  It could be that the minimum individual task durations and the 
physically mandatory sequence in which they must be performed simply make it 
impossible for the project to be completed in 6 months
Steve House
MS Project Trainer & Consultant

"newbie at MS Project" <newbie at MS> 
wrote in message
>I have been a project schedule with a ridiculously long timeline to 
> into a 6 month period.  I can't figure out how to change the task duration 
> on
> the section headers.  I've changed the task durations and work hours, but 
> the
> headers and it keeps the overall timeline the same.
> Help!!! 

2/21/2010 12:16:10 PM

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