Microsoft Project Constraints and Predecessors

I keep hearing I shouldn’t use contraints in Project unless I have to. Why is that?

A constraint (or a constrained task) in Microsoft Project is a task that has its start or finish date “hard coded” into the project plan. This means that the start or finish dates of the task won’t change no matter what – even if it should. This can be a problem if you are running behind on certain tasks in your project, and therefore are not able to start subsequent tasks that depend on the task running late.

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For example, let’s say you are painting the living room in your house, and you expect it to take 2 days to get done with the first coat – but it actually takes three days instead. This means that the new start date for the second coat needs to be delayed by a day – but using a constraint would prevent this from happening!

In some cases, constraints are necessary and useful. Learn to add constraints in Project with our other post.

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