Levelling - where tasks are complete, allow other tasks to fill in



  • In my projects, tasks are levelled and are therefore scheduled in sequence. In practice, tasks can be worked on in any order. I would like the levelling to fill in where parts of later tasks have been done early.

    For example, if resource A is working on tasks X,Y,Z, each 4 days, and I then mark task Y as 50% complete, it means that task Z can start 2 days earlier as there are only 2 days of remaining work on task Y.

    But what happens is that task Z stays where it is and the project is held up unnecessarily due to work which has already been done.

    Is there some way to achieve this?



  • The developer can start on task Z when task Y is done. If you mark this task Y as 50% complete that doesn't necessarily mean they only need to work two days on the remaining parts, in fact, assertions claiming "this task is 50% complete" are wrong quite often, so you shouldn't base planning on that.

    If the developer working on Y states that it's easier and less time consuming than initially estimated, you can update your estimate for the completion of Z in coordination with them. Don't increase schedule pressure just because work flows smoothly. You may be glad that the slack gained comes in handy when there are unforeseen complications.


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