Task start, finish and length

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Hi,

I'd like to map out an accounting month end process, but rather than use specific dates I would like to use Working Day 1, WD 2, WD -3 etc etc.

Ideally this would then translate into a Gantt Chart that could be used every month.

Is there a way of allocation a start and end date for tasks in this way.

I want it to be general, rather than using specific dates.

Thanks for you help and ideas.

Nick
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I don't think this is possible because the allocation of duration to a task requires that a start and finish date are set and these are allocated automatically even if no dates are nominated. In addition the Gantt chart only shows tasks with dates.

One option might be just to accept the situation but make the most of it. To do this, set up the process complete with durations but don't worry too much initially about the start and end dates.

Then establish sequential relationships with finish to start dependencies between all the tasks and nominate the starting date for the first task. This will automatically set the dates for the remaining tasks throughout the month, based on the workdays established in the map calendar (eg, no tasks will be allocated on weekends or holidays unless these are designated as work days). You can adjust individual tasks as appropriate.

Then at the beginning of each new month you can reuse the map simply by changing the starting date of the first task. The date changes will cascade through the map automatically and be updated on the Gantt chart.
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Hi Alexsg, thanks for the response...sounds like the solution to me. And in fairness this will probably work better as each month actual working day dates can be applied.

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Thanks. Two things to remember if you choose this approach:

First, the relationship between start date, duration and end date is fixed so that the latter is the minimum possible, allowing for non-work days. There was a time when you could set a duration that was less than the difference between start and finish dates, but that changed with MindManager 2009.

Second, the days if the week on which individual tasks fall will vary slightly from month to month as you reset the map. Obviously this will happen if you always select the first day of the month irrespective of the day of the week on which it falls. However it can also occur if you select a fixed day if the week, say the first Monday of the month, due to the impact of public holidays and other non-work days set in the map calendar.

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