After the planning phase of the project is completed and you are ready to get started, sometimes you may not start right away: there may be some delay or there is a budget cut and you cannot start the schedule as planned. What you should do in this case is to shift the schedule. Since we want that our deadlines to be dynamically adjusted, we will use the Move Project option: if your project moves a month, you want that your deadlines to move also a month.
When your project start date moves, you can just update the start date in the Project Information dialog and a lot of dates will update but not all of them (e.g. deadlines, constraints, tasks with actual work). If you want those to move you need to go through Move Project. The advantage of Move Project is that everything in the project is moved with respect to its original offset from the project start date.
The Move Project allows you to adjust the start and finish dates for all tasks based on the new project start date. To move the project such that it starts on a new date, go to the Project menu and from there press on Move Project option.
Once you’ve done this, a dialog will show up from where you can specify the new project start date.
Notice that in this dialog you are able to select to move or not also the deadlines.
1. Let's suppose that the commercial construction project plan does not start right away as planned, but there is a delay of 1 week and the new start date of our project is 22 August, instead of 15 August. To specify this, press on the Move Project option under Project menu. In the opened Move Project dialog, use the date picker to select this new date as the project start date.
Notice that we also have an option to move the deadlines as well. We will leave it checked.
2. Notice how this affects our schedule. Using the Insert Column option under Format menu, let's insert Deadline column before Predecessors column. You should get something like this:
As you can see the deadline dates moved along with the project with one week later, as well as you may observe when looking in the right Gantt Chart:
3. Also if you look in the first row corresponding to the project summary task, you may see that its finish date was pushed one week later, as a result of changing the project start date.
Using Hide Column option, hide the Deadline column since we will no longer need it.
If you prefer to see things in action, rather than reading text, watch out this
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