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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MS-Project: any ideas on how to approach defining a MINIMUM work assignment per day for resources?

I am currently working on a high level project plan with all our department's projects and resources allocated to each project (roughly like 10% during 2 months, 20% during 2 weeks, etc.). This is to ...
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Spreadsheet which allows me to tweak effort in days, team size and cost [closed]

I am looking for a fairly simple spreadsheet that will allow me to estimate the cost and duration of a software development project. I am looking for something in excel format. So the two questions ...
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Working with a Shared Resource Pool and project plan revisions

We have a practice of saving a copy of our project plan with the status date in the filename every time we update status. This messes up the shared resource pool, because the resource pool now thinks ...
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Handling resources who do not have 100% availability in MS Project 2003

This is a technical question regarding Microsoft Project 2003. I am trying to schedule resources who have other (management) duties not related to the project. My initial thought was to reduce their ...
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Support for Resource Overview in Omniplan

In Omniplan 2.3.5, Is there any way to create a Resource report similar to the report Microsoft Project offers? This report should include: how many hours does a resource work when do they start ...
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What does (Normal time-Crash time=0) implies?

In Crashing a project, if for an activity [Normal time - Crash time = 0], what does it mean? Since Crash cost per day = |(Crash cost-Normal cost)/(Normal Time- Crash time)| The Crash cost per day ...
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how to schedule resources for 8 hrs per day regardless when they get started

I had resources which they are authorized and responsible to come any time but they need to stay 8 hour / day. they are monitoring and controlling semi automatic operations and I need to specify the ...
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Should I remove distraction time from developers' capacity time while giving time estimation?

I am about to give new estimations of a project delivery time, estimating iterations etc.. Besides development, developers spend much time on distractions. By distractions I mean everything(tea, ...
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What's the ideal ratio of roles on an agile team?

I work in a large company that is in the process of transitioning to Agile. I suspect our ratios for the various roles are way off, especially for the technical writers. What is the ideal head-count ...
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Estimate employee overhead due to interruptions

I am trying to estimate an overhead due to the effect of interruptions on an employee. For example: Imagine an employee who is responsible for repair services. He gets called on a daily basis by ...
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How to represent changes on efforts % for a specific resource over different tasks?

Scenario: John Doe is 100% allocated to the task 'vacations' from 01/Dec to 01/Feb. He's doing great (a lot of efforts to wake up at 11AM!), but during 20/Dec to 30/Jan John needs to be 50% ...
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How constant should be the software team?

I believe each software product should have its constant team throughout its life cycle. What about the situation, when one of the core developer, who has been involved in project by 100%, shifts to ...
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Cost of resources in virtual environments

In planning hardware costs, considering the distribution of the product in virtual/cloud environments, where the cost is derived from the use of resources, considering the following points: The ...
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Let MS Project 2010 assign resources to tasks?

Technical question concerning MS Project 2010: I have a Gantt with a list of tasks. For each task I have the work defined (ex: 2 wks). Each task can only have one person (resource) assigned to it. ...
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Estimated costs

Should I consider a margin calculating work hours, then increase the final cost, based on estimated hours + margin hours? Or should I add a margin after the estimated hours of work, increasing the ...
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Demand Planning for Resources

What is the best way to assign resources to projects. We are having a issue where a resources can be assigned in multiple projects simultaneously. making the executive dash board look way off.
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How does the TFS 2012 burndown work for tasks created and worked on in the same day?

It appears that the TFS 2012 burndown works a bit differently than I expect. Suppose my current iteration is at 100 hours remaining out of 200 total original estimate, and my three team members each ...
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Factors to consider for Merging two or more IT Operations team into ONE

I believe this question falls under a Project from the Management side. But I would appreciate any help or resources for the scenario. The project as an IT Manager, is responsible for ...
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Simple examples of the difference between fixed-work, fixed-unit, and fixed-duration tasks in MS Project

MS Project tasks are either fixed work, fixed unit, or fixed duration, where Duration x Units = Work The documentation describes which variable is recomputed when one of the others is changed, but ...
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MS Project: How to set a Resource work by hour regardless of work days?

Please kindly help me find way to solve in MS Project. I have two Resources below: Employee_A = 4 hours per week only, but can work any day Employee_B = 12 hours per week only, but can work any day ...
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What pro forma documents do people use to talk to clients about web development

This is a very general question and I believe it will be relevant to other people in my situation. I've been involved as a hobbyist in web design and development for over 2 years now. I have produced ...
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How can we effectively manage a master project schedule alongside Asana?

Background My team uses Asana for all of our project communications and task management. We're very agile and lean focused and therefore our project plans are changing all the time. We love the ...
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What is the best way to develop a project baseline?

I am conflicted on how to create a baseline for a project. Which of the following scenarios would be considered a "best practice" for creating a project baseline in which to measure progress and get ...
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Do ergonomic keyboards, mice, or chairs make a difference in delivering projects on time, on budget, or according to spec?

I am especially interested in data input ergonomics: keyboards, mice, and chairs, but would also like to hear about other ergonomic improvements that changed project performance. References to ...
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What is “agile's answer” to projects that come in many shapes and sizes with different scope?

We have a set of teams and they are trying to go Agile. Lets say each team support one application and we have a total of 4 teams and 4 applications. When we projects that are all within a team / ...
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What is the best way to connect themes, Resource Allocation, Projects and Book of Work?

I wanted to get feedback on if anyone has a really good way of when looking and trying to visualize a book of work or a roadmap, to connect: Investment Themes Resource Allocation Projects & ...
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Scope, Time & Cost Triangle Balancing To Motivate Team and Satisfy Client

I have worked on two start-up firms and observed that our product managers over promises (at least from my vantage) to our client always. The projects in which our team members have been worked out ...
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Prioritization of adhoc request vs Handling long term deadline

Right now we have 2 tasks, which will take about a day each. One has to be completed by end of day as it's an adhoc request. The other is part of a client project that is due not immediately, but 3 ...
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Should a PM assign fine-grained tasks to individuals, or do we have an over-zealous PM?

I work in a small digital agency where we have the following roles: 1 Managing Director 1 Partner 1 Tecnical Lead 1 Project Manager 1 Designer 3 Developers Our day to day work is mixture of ...
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Queuing theory for measuring “change” delivery?

In his presentation "Adopting Continuous Delivery" (http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Adopting-Continuous-Delivery), Jez Humble mentions (~6:50) that queuing theory proves that optimizing for ...
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What is the effective procedure or process to get the esimate of the Project Managers time on the projects ? [duplicate]

When you estimate for project management i.e PM's role time, do you take a certain % of the total estimate? Can you provide me the process or procedure used in general and how accurate it is?
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Calculate start and finish dates based on remaining work in Project

I have a project plan for a project that we already started and I want the plan to reflect the schedule moving forward, say as of tomorrow. I have a handful of dependencies and resources assigned. I ...
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Indicate max hours per day per resource in MS Project Plan

I have a project that has 4 team members in the plan: 2 developers @ 8 hours per day 2 developers @ 4 hours per day How can I configure that two of those dev can only work 4 hours per day but the ...
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Outsourcing a project: How do I determine if an outsourcer is a good fit?

We are going to outsource a project to an outsourcing website. I am going to be talking to a few of them today. I have done this once before but that was a miserable failure and the project never got ...
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Catch-Up Scheduling

Say I have a project X that is due to be complete by Date Y Right now we are 10% behind schedule (Should be say 50% and right now 40%), How can I estimate what level of "effort" is required to catch ...
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Is there are a resource handler or gantt chart creator tool for JIRA?

I'm hoping someone has some experience on tools and/or better keywords to describe this problem: I have JIRA system for developers where they provide estimates and track time completed. The estimate ...
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How can I schedule resources across multiple projects?

Drawing from the body and comments of a previous question, what is the best way to schedule simultaneous projects and resources to those projects? For example, in a group of 16 staff, each working on ...
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Conflicting career options for a young professional [closed]

I'm new here, so here we go.. I previously was a young Telecommunication Engineer, but i mainly did IT solutions architect stuff in that area, since a year ago iv been doing a part-time MBA at a top ...
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How to handle multiple suppliers in a PRINCE2 project?

Let's say you have two suppliers, one for software development and one for graphics design. It seems odd to have the Senior Supplier role filled by any one supplier. When you have multiple suppliers ...
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What is the typical ratio of PM/EM hours to “work” hours in a project?

What is the rule-of-thumb ratio of Project Manager/Engagement Manager time to overall project time (e.g. man-hours for work products) in a project? I'm especially interested in an answer within the ...
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Managing a Product Owner in a not-yet-agile organization

When my company was acquired, my 20-person development team gained a Product Owner who is energetic, engaged, and extremely idealistic. While many of the programmers on our team are familiar with ...
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Gantter/ProjectLibre multiple resources to one task, start ASAP, divide work unequally

I am using Gantter and/or ProjectLibre (which are both almost identical to Microsoft Project in functionality). I think that if there is a solution to this in Microsoft Project, then it will work in ...
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What is a good “lightweight” approach for managing team resources and action items?

A team member who manages a small team has asked me for ideas to help her better manage what her team is doing. I'm trying to pull examples together that wouldn't require a lot of overhead but will be ...
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Is PM considered a billable resource?

In a software development firm that I work for, contracts are billed based on 3 items: Design, Development, and PM. Example: A simple software project could take 200 hours and would be broken down ...
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Why does MS project multiply the duration of tasks?

I've created a recurring task in MS project and I'd like to assign resources (staff) to that resource but when I add the resource(s) to the task the Work hours multiply to extremes and I don't ...
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Allocation of resources during morning scrum?

I find that process to be a bit confusing, but from the time I've been here, I get the impression that resource allocation happens during the morning scrum meetings. So for example, if Dev A has 8 ...
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How can I track team member utilization across a range of projects?

I have a fixed-sized team (with fixed-hours) and products, more than the team can handle. At any given time, while my resources are working on one product, requests keep flowing in about work on other ...
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Resources used by multiple PMs

I am the Infrastructure PM on a large project, working as part of a team of PMs with different responsibilities. These include Development, Testing, Environment Support, and Implementation. My remit ...
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What is the procedure for adjusting the project schedule when a team member is replaced?

There is a project team with a project manager and 5 development resources working on a Web 2.0 web application. The current project the team is working on is for a long term client who commissioned a ...
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What are the benefits of using Gantt charts during the execution phase of a project?

After a decade of managing software projects, I've found Gantt charts to have very limited use after the Planning phase. What are the perceived benefits of Gantt charts, especially during the ...