Using allocation segments: Role X is allocated 8 hours a week for 4 weeks, then 2 hours a week for another 4 weeks (total of 40 hours over 8 weeks). When one open this in MSP, one will see:
Question 1: Does anyone know of any setting that will allow task assignments to keep the same distribution as defined by the allocation segments?
Have you tried the assignment loading pattern of Fixed (which is the equivalent of 'Work Contour' of 'Contoured' in MSP)? This tends to keep the distribution the closest. The one thing to keep in mind though with fixed loading pattern is that if you have any remaining ETCs when a timesheet is posted, ETC hours for any previous time periods would be dropped which is different then the other loading patterns.
Yes, tried that. It spread the hours evenly out across the entire tasks duration. This result may have something to do with using legacy version of interface and a registry value. Found this, today: Would like contoured assignment to remain as contoured when reopened from PPM into MSP<https://comm.support.ca.com/kb/would-like-contoured-assignment-to-remain-as-contoured-when-reopened-from-ppm-into-msp/kb000009468>
Is there a way to change the loading pattern from default at project level? I don’t want to change the default for all projects, and changing this at assignment level is a lengthy process.
Hi Dale - Do you have the Project Management setting, "MSP Assignment Units Mapping with PPM Assignment 'Max % Load'" checked? MSP has a tendency to do it's own thing when distributing assignment ETC, but the mapping option allows the project manager to set the Max % Load when assigning resources to tasks in CA PPM. When the schedule is downloaded to MSP and calculated, it is more likely that MSP will respect the assignment units coming from CA PPM. In the scenario you describe, you should also consider using Fixed Units tasks instead of Fixed Duration or Fixed Work, but make sure the project managers have a good understanding of how MSP's scheduling formula handles Fixed Unit tasks vs Fixed Work or Fixed Duration. I hope this information helps.