Vicky Stamatopoulou on 5. March 2013
Those of you who have checked our new post series about “Merlin report templates” know by now…
Now let’s do some magic with the reports.
If you like to report working days of your project’s scheduling and/or assigned resources, this is a custom report template to use.
You may check contained ‘CalendarView.py’, “CalendarView.wbl” to see how we iterate in project’s duration, convert dates to the desired formats and color the table on working days.
Feel free to modify this custom report further as you require for your needs.
Some output samples:
Showing project scheduling grouped by month.
Or resource’s working days grouped by week… (more…)
Vicky Stamatopoulou on 19. June 2012
Merlin provides a user friendly interface to modifying the project calendar.
Project calendar can be accessed in a tab of the inspector when the top most row (row “#0″) in the activities view is selected.
In the “Regular” tab you may modify the work intervals of the working week days if required.
You may also choose to change the preselected project calendar all together and switch from “Standard” to “Night Shift” for example.
Just select the desired project calendar from the appropriate pop up on the top right area of the inspector and make it your main project calendar afterward.
Please find hereafter a screencast of those actions (more…)
Vicky Stamatopoulou on 16. February 2011
If you want to enter some exceptional working days in a Merlin project, for example when needing to plan and schedule work during the weekend, you do this in the ‘working time’ inspector.
If you need this information for the whole project, you click the top most entry in the activities views. You switch to the ‘working time’ inspector and add an exception for the specific date in the ‘exceptions’ tab. (more…)
Vicky Stamatopoulou on 20. April 2010
Sometimes you plan activities in projects, which can be done by equipment. Machines or computer which may run unattended, do not need regular working hours and can work 24h a day, 7days a week. Surely you have assigned real person as resources for activities in the past and you know how to do this in Merlin, but how to proceed when having equipment resources?
The good news? This is as easy as setting up person resources.
Vicky Stamatopoulou on 15. January 2010
Last year we had 53 weeks and met the problem that my customers in some countries did not had 53 weeks but 52. When we in Europe ‘lived’ in week 53, they already start calculating with week 1. Even though we have the same date, in weeks they are ahead of us.
And now, when I do project management in Merlin I see that this program is also 1 week ahead.
Is there something I can do?
Yes of course, you simply have to make sure that you all use the same ‘calendar’. It all depends on the definition when a week starts. A week starts in Europe on Monday. In the USA and some other countries on Sunday.
This is the Gantt of a project having Sunday as first day of the week:
This is the Gantt of a project having Monday as first day of the week:
Both displays are correct, it is only a question of the desired settings.