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Project planning

Hi,

Since Project management is all about planning and execution, most of you might have experienced these issue and may be already knew the solution to address this.

1. When we want to do project planning by using phase and task structure, we really don't want to define the predecessor for phase. We just want to maintain dependency within tasks to schedule project and phase start and end date should get determined accordingly. System is not allowing to remove predecessor from phases and due to this even if I want to start task of two different phases at same time, schedule shows start of 2nd task only after completion of 1st phase.

2. If I drag the 2nd phase to start at the same time when 1st phase has started or when I want to start as per task dependency, system shows constrained date on 2nd phase and project shows negative float (critical) of duration same as phase overlap. I know the requirement is not as per the standard stage gate philosophy but this is what requirement is.

3. Being phase approval in place, we would like to release the 2nd phase and initiate approval process even if 1st phase approval in not yet completed.

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4. Whenever we are changing any hours on task, we need to go and manually update those hours in task assignment to reflect correct demand for role. In our business scenario we are creating projects from templates and hours are maintained for tasks in standard. Almost 60% of task hours are getting changed in operational project and therefore we need change demand in task assignments manually which is very cumbersome process for user.

Please provide your valuable suggestions and opinion.

Regards,

Pramod

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    Aug 01, 2012 at 08:24 PM

    Hi Pramod,

    1) see note 1150146

    2/3) not sure, if there is any solution. Especially for 3) I doubt that there is.

    4) We have evaluated this roughly one year ago for a customer. Our solution was to automatically update the role demand by means of Z-coding / a subsystem.As long as each task is assigned to only one role that should be fairly easy. It will get a bit more difficult, if it can have multiple assignments. I am not sure, if something has been improved. I recall that there have been some discussions around this topic, but I left PPM consulting shortly after.

    Best regards

    Thorsten

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    • Former Member

      Hi Thorsten,

      Thanks for the reply

      1&2) For phase overlap, we have implemented BADI DPR_SCHEDULING, wherein schedule gets driven from task dependency.

      3&4) I am still evaluating and hopefully we will get some standard work around.

      Keep sharing infrmation.

      Thanks again

      Pramod

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    Aug 02, 2012 at 09:30 AM

    Hi Pramod,

    For the automatic update of role capacity, please create an implementation of BADI DPR_ROLES.

    See SAP Notes 1709126 & 1746607.

    Regards,
    Matthias

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      Hi Mariano,

      I believe, BADI to implement strict bottom up scheduling will compliment project import from MS project. In one of the project we already implemented MSP import and export. Since in MSP we plan project based on task dependency, there should not me any issue after import of same project.

      Regards,

      Pramod