I need to create multiple pools of resources (each containing interchangeable resources within). To clarify I need a pool of front-end developers, another of back-end developers, and a pool of testers. Each pool has temporary contractors that come and go from the project at different dates. Then, for example, I will have some Tasks that assigned to front-end only, whilst other as a mix of front-end and back-end.

I Googled this issue without luck. Any help would be welcome!

  • Usually a 'resource pool' is created to share the same resource among multiple files. Is that your intention? Same people, shared across multiple projects?
    – JulieS
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:39
  • Nope. My intention is to have a group of equivalent resources assigned to a task and I would like MSP to assign the first free one to complete the task.
    – Pomario
    Dec 4, 2016 at 19:07
  • I am afraid you are destined for disappointment. :-) Microsoft project will never assign resources. You can use resource leveling to reschedule tasks when an assigned resource is available
    – JulieS
    Dec 5, 2016 at 20:41

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Try create a resource with its own calendar and a max capacity of 400%, 500% or whatever.

This is the way several pools of resources work in Project. For example, you can make a resource called "Testers", value 500% for 5 testers. Then, you can assign your task to that pool.

A pool of resources is when all resources in a pool have the same calendar and the same cost. If not, you don't have a pool, because you have a differente restriction in your project for each member. You need a cost and time baseline.

  • How does that solve the problem?
    – Pomario
    Nov 25, 2016 at 13:29
  • I'll explain better. Nov 25, 2016 at 14:17

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