(Bug?) Microsoft Project - Exporting Resource Costs to .XML files

Jorge 1 Reputation point
2021-05-13T17:15:58.347+00:00

Hi,

Introduction

I have been trying to export a Project from another Planning tool (Safran Project) to Microsoft Project.

The export files go in .XML format.

Importing to Microsoft Project, I have noticed that costs assigned to Resources (type Cost in Safran) don't appear in Microsoft Project.

For reporting this to Safran, I investigated how costs are coded in the .XML exported by Safran, and how this is done by Microsoft Project.

The problem comes when I save in .XML format a similar Project I created on Microsoft Project, and when I open it again, it doesn't have the costs!

I am not sure if this is a bug in Microsoft Project, or I am doing something wrong.

Example

1 - I have defined a couple of Resources type Cost: "Costes varios" and "Costes extra":

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2 - Then I have assigned these Resources to a couple of Activities, adding a Cost to each Resource:

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3 - I have also added a Fixed Cost in one of the Activities:

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4 - Then, if I Save the Project to a .XML file, and I open it again with Microsoft Project, I see that those costs assigned to the Resources have disappeared:

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5 - Looking at the .XML code, I see that the costs assigned to Resources are there:

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Then it looks like if this is a bug, it happens when Microsoft Project imports/reads the .XML file, not when the file is generated.

Is this a bug? or am I doing something wrong?

Best regards,

Jorge

P.S.: I attach the .XML file I generated with Microsoft Project, from the previous example

96368-test-resource-costs.xml

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