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haizi wu (6054248) | asked Aug 23 '12, 2:05 a.m.
I want to use plan to manage workitem, I know there are two field name "planned start time" and "planned end time" (but it seems that they are not fields) in each WI, I thought that I could use them to make the WI to be scheduled, but  I found that I  can't enter a value to there two fields, How to use them and what do they used for? 

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Ralph Schoon (63.2k33646) | answered Aug 23 '12, 2:23 a.m.
Hi, these fields are held in plan snapshots. See
There are numerous articles around planning in the library: you might want to run this query and look at them:

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Takehiko Amano (1.3k3741) | answered Aug 23 '12, 2:45 a.m.
For the immediate answer, if you are using traditional process template use:

   start date -> constraint date with "Start No Earlier Than"  (in English, other language varies).
   end date -> due date

However, these are not planned ones. Planned ones are kept in snapshots (as Ralph mentions). These value may be different from constraint date/due date. If there are more works assigned to one person during specified periods, RTC automatically calculates realistic ones. For example, if there are 5 WI which has duration of 2 days, and start end date of each work items are within 1 week, then this is wrong.

I see that creating iteration of 2 weeks or 1 month for traditional plan (not iterative, but just cut into several phases so to speak) is good way to manage work items. By this way, project manager should be able to handle tasks for traditional project much better in RTC.

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