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Start a project

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Start a project

Starting a project is the next step after setting up the project, populating it with tasks, and assigning resources.


  1. Open the project you want to start.
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Start project button at the top of the form.
    • Change the State field to Work in Progress and click Update to save the change.


After you start the project:
  • The read-only Actual start date field of the project changes to the current date.
  • If a task or set of tasks are scheduled to start immediately upon project start (meaning that their time constraints are set to Start ASAP and they have no other start dependencies), the actual start dates of those tasks also change to the current date.
  • The planned start dates of all other tasks adjust accordingly based on the time you started the project. Their new planned start dates depends on several factors, including dependent relationships with other tasks and the duration for each task.
    Note: Once a project is in the Work in Progress state, it does not mean that the state of every task will start updating automatically based on their planned start dates. Other than the project tasks that you schedule to start ASAP when the project starts, project tasks are not started automatically. You must continue to manage the project and change each task's state to Work in Progress. Consider writing business rules to automate some of this functionality.
  • The planned dates cannot be changed.

Reopen or restart a project

After a project is closed, you should not reopen it (changing the state to Pending or Open) or restart it (changing the state to Work in Progress). If you want to do so, a better practice would be to copy the project and manage it as a new project, adjusting the state of each task as needed. If you do reopen or restart a project, note the following:
  • Changing the project to Work in Progress: Project tasks with the ASAP time constraint that start when the project starts. Other tasks change to Open.
  • Changing the project to Pending or Open: All tasks change to Open.
  • Changing a task to Work in Progress: The project state changes to Work in progress.
  • Changing a task to Pending or Open: No changes occur to the project.
  • Actual values: Actual start and end dates are reset. ASAP tasks begin as soon as they can and that date is reflected in the actual start date. Start on tasks remain in the open state.