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    Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    When converting a task with work assigned to a summary task by inserting subtasks, I noticed that Project seems to calculate the new summary task total hours incorrectly. This was corrected by outdenting the subtasks temporarily and then re-indenting them. Example from current project that I am working on:
    Before:
    Task1 8 hours resource1
    Task2 8 hours resource2
    After:
    Task1 95.5 hours
    subtask1 2 hours resource1
    subtask2 2 hours resource1
    subtask3 2 hours resource1
    subtask4 2 hours resource1
    Task2 8 hours resource2

    I would expect Project to calculate 8 hours total work for Task1 after inserting and resourcing subtasks 1 through 4. However this is not the case until I outdent the subtasks then re-indent.

    Has anyone seen this before or does anyone have an explanation?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    Service Pack 1 corrects a similar problem where the resource hours do not add correctly at a summary task. See the Miscrosoft Knowledgebase Article 266012.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;EN-US;266012

    Check to see if you have Service Pack 1 installed. If not, install it and then see if the issue is resolved. If it is installed, post back and we will see if we can figure out what is going wrong.
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    Re: Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    Thanks Gary installing SR-1 solved my problem.

    bb

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    Re: Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    Although many people assign hours, costs, work, etc., to a summary task, my experience doing this whether in MS Project, Primavera, or other scheduling tools is that assigning Cost, Budgets, Work, etc at summary tasks causes too many headaches. <img src=/S/ouch.gif border=0 alt=ouch width=15 height=15> Most people will assume a summary task is summarizing the data belonging to its children without realizing that there is data at the summary task as well.

    Why not create a separate task as a child to the summary task to avoid the problem altogether. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    Glad I could help.
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    Re: Wrong summary work calculation (Proj 2000 on Win2K)

    Gary I agree with you on not assigning work etc to a summary task. In this case I originally provided a schedule with not-too-detailed 'Task1' and was asked to provide further breakdown of what the details of the task were. The original intent was to provided a simple schedule without too many lines, but apparently this was not satisfactory to the persons reviewing the schedule.

    Thanks again for your help.

    bb

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