Teradar

Hi,

Let's say that it would take a lawyer 2 hours of actual work to review a contract. However, he tells me that it will take him one week to get it back to me.

What would be the best way to enter the duration if I wanted to capture how this impacts the timeline Should I enter it as an elapsed take with 7 day duration Or, do I simply enter two hours for the duration.

Thanks



Re: Team Foundation Server - Work Item Tracking Figuring out task duration

Kathirvel

Hi,

I would say, you can have two fields let's take one example.... You are having the two fields named Planned Effort (hrs) and Actual Effort (hrs) ...in which the task has been assigned to you by PM and he put the planned effort is 4 hrs and you finished the work in 2 hrs and you can update the same in the actual effort and close the workitems...

so ..i think ..this would be easier way to track the effort made my the users.

Hope this helps.

Thanks,
Kathir





Re: Team Foundation Server - Work Item Tracking Figuring out task duration

Jeff McKune

We use effort (the amount of time it is going to take) and due date (the day it is due). We actually take this one step further and use planned effort and actual effort and planned due date and actual due date. Using these 4 values we can continue to adjust how well we are doing against our initial estimates.

Jeff McKune





Re: Team Foundation Server - Work Item Tracking Figuring out task duration

Teradar

Hi,

Thanks for the reply. I probably am not making this very clear. I might also be misunderstandingthe meaning of duration. I have a task, "review documents" that will take 2 total hours of work by a lawyer but it take the lawyer a seven days to get it back to me. How can I best reflect that the work will probably not be completed before 7 days. Which, will push out the dependent tasks such as "sign contract"

I hope this is clear and thanks for all the help





Re: Team Foundation Server - Work Item Tracking Figuring out task duration

Jeff McKune

We use finish date to line up all the tasks. Example: today is 2/15 and you have a task that will take you 2 hours to complete but it will not get done for 7 days. The duration would be 2 hours and the finish date is 2/22.



Re: Team Foundation Server - Work Item Tracking Figuring out task duration

Teradar

Thanks Jeff,

That makes a lot of sense to me. However, I read that by putting in a hard finish date, that causes project to add a "finish no earlier than"

restraint. I guess if it finishes earlier you can just put the actual finish date and the dependent tasks will adjust.

Thanks again for your help!