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Great idea for the small project and spreading the use of good scheduling.
This was originally posted as a comment on the lack of task dependancy comments section in the current scheduling tool._________________________________________________
I had a look at Lynx and a short experiment with the demo.
If this was scheduling tool was built into PP it would suddenly become a lot more attractive as a project management tool solution for my particular programme / projects.
To implement this would be definetly big step ahead compared to functionality of current task plan in PP.
I agree with remarks made by Andrew above. But even if you cannot implement those improvements at first step then Lynx as it is now is still good improvement of functionality.
My guess is that PP might loose today quite many potential customers just because of having all good features about handling discussions, file sharing etc. - but lacking essential task management and tracking tool with essential functionalities (like dependencies, automatic re-scheduling etc.).Many of my colleagues refuse to use PP as project management tool just because of they don't want to spend so much time on task handling as it takes now with current functionalities.
Thanks for your positive feedback.
@Andrew: your ideas would certainly be an improvement to Lynx so we strongly consider implementing them.
Could you explain this a little more, I do not understand what you mean by this.
Task durations can be set in two locations, either on the task itself or on the resources assigned to a task.
If a task has no resource requirements, then the duration can simply be set at the task level (select the cell and enter a new duration). Otherwise, the duration should be set per resource in the resource editor (press the edit button on the 'resource requirement' tab).
After updating the duration, you should reschedule the project to get the start and stop dates updated.
Looking forward to hear more comments
Kees VermeulenA-Dato Scheduling Technology
Points noted, thanks.
Further explanation on my comment
"Would be nice to have a button that links multiple tasks, rather than having to manually add predecessors."
In MS project you can select a number of tasks in the task list colum on the Gannt chart and click the button on the toolbar called "link tasks". This then generates sequential links between all selected tasks with a finish to start relationship.
What this means in practice is I can hammer in a series of (say 10) tasks that need to be done to get to an end deliverable or milestone, then select them all and hit one button and they then form a series of tasks linked with a F-S relationship. It means I don't have to manually add a predecessor relationship to each task individually to get the chain of tasks linked - which would be quite time consuming.
Hope this helps.
This makes perfect sense and I like it.
When I push the "try" button, I download a exe file. Is this correct? Is it possible too try Lynx for Mac users?
Yes, Lynx is provided as a single executable which you can be run directly from the website. A Mac version of Lynx is not available though.
Definitely a step up in the right direction. Much more competitive and up-to-date with your competitors. I like.
We like too:) Keep the votes and comments coming please.
is it possible to combine projects into a program and discover the bottlenecks on the resources?
We are working on this.
The planner will be presented with a graphical view of the resource load per resource across all 'released' projects. Along with the graphs, data is also presented about the number of active tasks (WIP), the number of tasks to complete in a certain period, the number of hours associated with these tasks, the average load and the peak load (hope you can follow).
This view will tell you the bottlenecks off today, but also the bottlenecks for the weeks to come....
This is being further explored, possibly there will be a pilot of this later in the year.
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