Resource Planning is a method for the effective planning of all variety of company's resources. Such resources may be people, funds, equipment, etc. On this site, Resource Planning usually means workforce of the people assigned to a certain project.

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How to force ms-project to reschedule when all resources are available?

I'm currently trying to setup a meeting in ms-project with 2 resources: Alice and Bob Alice's calendar is based on the standard calendar (working every weekday): And Bob's calendar is based on the ...
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Fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of increase in duration when updated

Using MS Project 2013, I would like to express the following situation. I have schedule/tasks set to fixed work which means work hours remains unchanged irrespective of the increase in duration when ...
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Advice needed on managing parallel projects at different detail levels

I work as a PM for a small company active in the metal carpentry business. We have 3 PMs managing up to 50 projects per year ranging from few weeks to three years each. Design, shopfloor and site ...
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Part time project member: how to specify his 20 hours a week?

Hello Stack Exchange colleagues. I'm trying to set up a project that has 3 full time project staff and 2 part time staff (students). The way I'm planning is that all tasks are common to any of ...
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Project Management Methodology for software and real time audio processing project [closed]

Im starting a project with some college friends and we want to make a team of audio engineers and software developers. We have experience in apps development, filters implementation and audio ...
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Developer is stuck, now what?

I am unable to deliver a project because the developer is stuck on a problem for the past 3 days. It looks like he can't actually solve it. I am extremely frustrated, and so is the developer. What ...
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How to configure the project schedule for parallel tasks?

I have a resource with 50% availability for a project. I have set the Units in MS Project for 50% for him. He has a number of tasks assigned to him that can be done in parallel. How do I configure ...
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Delivering a project with limited resources?

I am running a live technical project running kanban. There is only one developer on board and he is moonlighting to do it. The difficulty that I have is that the client is demanding more and more ...
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Do projects ever end early?

When scheduling, I tend to add a lot of reality into the guestimates I am provided with. I always add in generous amounts of probable sick days for manpower and extra time for integration and bug ...
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How to deal with clandestine projects

A CEO has agreed with his VP of R&D on a roadmap. His pet project was not included, so he clandestinely forced some engineers to work on his pet project. Since everybody is afraid of standing up ...
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How to justify sprints in a largely reactive business?

We are an agile development team working in a larger business. Many of the other teams (the customer support team in particular) are extremely reactive and often have urgent client issues which need ...
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MS project 2010 resource assigning problem - unexpected behavior

I define a fixed work task, work is 16 h. I assign a resource Bob to work 100% on this task. The task duration is automatically set to 2 days. Since I figure out Bob won't have full time to spend on ...
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lag must be exactly 2weeks

I have a number of tasks which have 3 subtasks each that MUST start and be completed exactly 2 weeks from each other. (each subtask is half day) i.e. task1: (subtask1 @ day1, subtask2 @ day14, ...
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Resource conflict handling

One of my friends, who is a project manager of an external product, is facing an interesting dilemma. He asked me a question and I thought I will post it to a wider audience... Their current project ...
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How to estimate and plan product capacity?

I'm new to project management and I have till now followed the standard textbook principles in building a particular product. I'm now at a situation wherein, I need to perform the capacity planning ...
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Iron Triangle / quality triangle - why the middle is said to be non-existant?

I struggle with some interpretations of the model. Some visualizations says that no projects live in the middle of the triangle. But I wonder why? It would mean that the project is of moderate quality,...
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Effort estimation

Does the effort calculated in person months using COCOMO model include the effort for requirements analysis also? Or is it just calculating the effort required for the design, code and testing only?
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Print a MS Project Gantt chart for each resource

I wonder if there is a function in MS Project to print the Gantt chart view for each resource, i.e., when issuing the schedule to everyone I print to PDF: Complete Schedule Summaries only Each ...
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How to assign multiple resources to a in MS Project and making them work different hours over the same duration

I am trying to load resources into tasks in MS Project 2013 Standard. The tasks have specific durations for when they should start and end. For each task, I would like to assign multiple resources and ...
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In resource allocation, how do you call the group of people that will be hired in the future?

In other words, in my "MS Project-like tool", I have teams with the people that I've already hired, and unassigned people mark as in the "bench" team. I'm looking for a placeholder team name to put ...
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New to Project Management with a new team on a short deadline

I have just been put in charge of a brand new team of a developer and designer, the first of each for our company. I've never had this role before, but I do have some design, development, and ...
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Disallow multitasking in MS Project

I have a worker assigned. He can only work half days (3.5 hours here). After leveling for over-allocations, project wants him to work 1.75 hours on 2 tasks instead of 3.5 hours on one until ...
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How to track tasks in project and differentiate between duration and percentage of a resources day

I have a project with a slew of tasks. Let's say for the sake of example I have 5 tasks and these 5 tasks will take 5 calendar days to execute. But, due to the nature of the task, a resource can ...
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What formula should I use to calculate a target date in google docs, based on total man-days, if the size of team will change during development?

I'm having a complete brain fart trying to figure this out. Let's say I have 600 man-days left of work to complete, and this is located in cell E3. I want to calculate the target date for completion ...
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Microsoft Project resource usage hours problem

These are my default calendar options: Default start time: 8am Default end time: 5pm Hours per day: 8 Hours per week: 40 I have two resources. Resource 1 has the standard calendar (8 hours / day) ...
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Determining suitability of tools vs. requirements

I am working on a year long Data Analysis project for a moderately sized client, the aim of which is to analyse transactional data and identify for the client its customer profiles, transaction ...
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How to insert a new assignment in the Resource Usage view or Task Usage view in MS Project

I wish to know how to insert a new assignment in the Resource Usage view or Task Usage view in MS Project. In my project, we have ad hoc tasks frequently cropping up and resources have to spend time ...
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MS Project Overallocation

MS Project seems to take a task and calculate per day work by dividing total work by duration. In the schedule I am working on, each resource is available for 10 hours per day, but MS Project doesn't ...
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How auto share resource for multiple tasks in MS Project

Suppose I have three tasks, each task requires one resource (one engineer), if I have 3 separated resources, say A, B, C, how can I auto assign these resource to my tasks depending on availability. ...
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Resource Availability, Max Units - Relationship between settings

I am helping a colleague "debug" an MS-Project project plan today, where there seem to be unexplained over-allocations. They have chosen quite a complex method for restricting allocations and I don't ...
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MS Project - Resource assignment priorities

I have a support project that starts on 9th Feb and ends on 30th Sep. Work has to be done every day except holidays and weekends. I have three resources: Alice, Bob and Eve. Alice is working on the ...
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Planning in MS Project: fixed work AND fixed duration

I currently plan a quite complex project in MS Project. At the moment I cannot plan everything out in detail, but I think that in my head I have a good understanding of how long a task will last and ...
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MS-Project - How to set 1 resource with 2 kind of work and monitor time/rate for each

I'm using Project 2013; client requested this tool for activities tracking and management. Actually the project have one developer assigned that work 6h per day and can have assigned two kind of work:...
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Assign a resource to a task a some time point in the future

I have a long running task, that is beeing handled by one developer. Another developer will be able to help out on that task, but only from some time point in the future on. Is there any way to set ...
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How to get resource usage report within tasks at specific level&

Assume, I have following task structure: Project Stage 1 Task1 Task2 Stage2 Task3 Task4 I have resouces Res1 and Res2 assigned to tasks. I need to know how much each resorce ...
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Finding out individual resource planned hours from MPP

I have created a year long project's MPP. Next I want to figure out planned hours for each resource. I am using Microsoft Project Standard 2013. What I want is to specifically point out the total ...
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Giving PMs a view of developer resource

I run a dev team of 8. We have a few PMs here and they often ask about getting a good view of what free developer resource we have. Other parts of the business have a shared outlook calendar but for ...
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Inactive resources

How can I make a resource appear 'Inactive'? I see the 'Inactive' button on the 'Resource information', however it's disabled. I have a resource that's been working on a project, but is no longer in ...
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assigning multiple resources to a single task in MS project - is that right?

I have seen some project plans where a task that spans 80 hours has two resources assigned to it, one at 100% and the other at 50%. Is this correct? Shouldn't the task be broken down to two parts and ...
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How should I schedule around a resource that may be unavailable for up to 5 months a year?

Background: I am managing a Project where I am responsible planning the construction of a visitor center on the peak of a mountain. The Problem: During reading the brief, I have came across the ...
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ms project shorten summary tasks

I have a number of summary tasks consisting of 4 or 5 subtasks (max 4 days each). These subtasks have dependencies, but the different summary tasks are not dependent on each other. The subtasks are ...
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MS project. Shared tasks

What if a task takes 10 days to complete, of which person A works 10 weeks and person B only helps the last 2 weeks? I can choose that person B works 20%, but project plans other activities in person ...
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What is the best process to model planning estimates?

This is quite a simple request. I have a 150 line Gantt Chart showing project planning to FY end. Approx 30 of the lines are dependencies with Finish to Start attributes. I would like to run ...
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Finding the minimum number of functional teams needed to do repetitive tasks

I have a Project Plan in MS Project, its a construction project which has repetitive tasks and multiple gangs. For example: Building 1 Strip Clean Paint Varnish Building 2 Strip Clean Paint ...
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How to plan ahead your resource growth?

Several years ago I was in a startup and they explained to us about roadmap growth. That in the first year a startup should earn XXX money and the year after it should be YYY. the increment in money ...
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How would you implement scrumban to large team performing concurrent multiple R&D projects

I'm working in a private technological center, performing only R&D projects for industrial clients and institutions... I'm looking at applying Agile methods to our activities. From all my readings,...
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Should a Product Owner be asking developers to do QA to meet deadlines?

When the deadline is tight and when there are not enough QA people, the Product Owner asks developers to join in with QA to meet the deadline. What should the developers do when this happens? ...
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Resource planning within large project

I am in the middle of a project that consists of 2 different teams, one team does migration of websites while the other team does development of features. My challenge is to maintain an overview of ...
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How should we assess “Build vs. Buy” for an ERP System?

Background We are about to make a huge decision and change of ERP. The current solution is outdated and failing on us. The burning question is: Do we buy a solution like SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle or do ...
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How can I calculate required project resources with less manual computation?

My workflow process looks like this: I get some info about the number and complexity of project tasks. I have time-data about past tasks of the same complexity. I have prices for current tasks. I ...