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Microsoft KB Archive/171391

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Article ID: 171391

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Project 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Project 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q171391


Adding a resource delay to a task can alter the start or finish day of a particular resource assignment. Depending on the type of constraint assigned to a task, the delay may affect the task start or finish dates. This article provides two examples to illustrate how resource assignment delay affects a task's start and finish dates.


In the following two scenarios, the following assumptions are made:

  • A task with a 1-day (1d) duration is assigned one resource.
  • The resource assignment delay is a 2-day (2d) duration.
  • The project is scheduled from the project start date.

Scenario 1. Task Start Date Moved Back

When the task is constrained to finish on or near a particular date and time, the task start date will be moved back two days, but the finish date will remain unchanged. Actual work will appear in this two-day period. This behavior also occurs when the following constraints are set:

FNLT Finish No Later Than
FNET Finish No Earlier Than
MFO Must Finish On

Scenario 2. Task Finish Date Moved Forward

The task will start as scheduled, but the finish date will move ahead by two working days. Even though the task start date remains the same, no actual work will be done until the delay period has passed. This behavior also occurs when the following constraints are set:

ASAP As Soon As Possible
ALAP As Late As Possible
MSO Must Start On
SNLT Start No Later Than
SNET Start No Earlier Than

NOTE: Depending on resource assignments on a given task, adding a resource assignment delay to a task may not affect the task start or finish dates.

Steps to Create Resource Assignment Delay

  1. In a task view, such as Gantt Chart View, select the task to be modified. Assign a resource to the task if one is not already assigned to it.
  2. On the Window menu, click Split.
  3. Click anywhere in the lower pane.
  4. On the Format menu, point to Details, and then click Resource Schedule.
  5. Click anywhere in the lower pane.

Notice that there are two delay fields--Delay and Leveling Delay.

  1. Enter the necessary delay amount in the Delay field, and click OK.

Using either of the scenarios described earlier, the task start or finish dates could be affected by the amount of delay entered for the assignment.

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