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Questions tagged [resource-planning]

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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Level Resource (all resources) vs Level All - gives different results, why?

This is driving me crazy! In my 1250 line plan (MS Project 2016) with 7 resource types, I find that the results of leveling are different depending on whether I do it via "Level Resource" (with all ...
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Determine to which task a resource is allocated on a particular day

Using a shared resource pool for several project plans (each plan is contained in a separate file), what is the simplest way of working out to which task a given resource is allocated on a particular ...
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About the claim that adding more developers to a team does not make delivery faster

Over the years, I have heard many times that adding more developers to a team does not make things faster. My opinion is that it's a question of management. If you can allocate one complex screen of a ...
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MS Project - Multi-year Inflation

I am managing a 3 year project in a country where the average annual inflation rate is 12%. Instead of going through every item and entering "+12%" into the cost rate table for each item, is there a ...
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How to avoid contention in resource management when delivery managers can access availability?

The setting is >500 people IT services. You can think of it as a staffing agency, we only do T&M, although we hire our consultants (we have a bench). We do not really mange projects, what delivery ...
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MSProject show main resource on Summary tasks

How can I show the main (resource with maximum hours) for Summary tasks. I suspect I would need to set a custom text field to show this, but how would I structure this? thanks
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I need project management experience to get into a project management role but no one will hire me. Can anyone help? [closed]

Good Afternoon All, My name is Edriss and I have acquired my certificate in Project Management from UC Berkeley on July 2017. I have been looking around the web to find an entry level role in project ...
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How to schedule back and front-end developers based on story points?

We are used to create multiple sub-tasks for each user story and provide each sub-task with an estimate in hours and assignee (back or front-end). With the following outcome: Total estimated time ...
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Customer is unable to plan his next month requests

I'm a junior PM in small software development company. I'm managing the development of an e-commerce platform for a customer (a big company) for which we make new developments every month. The ...
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Why does project auto-schedule/level out of order?

I seem to run into this issue almost every time I try to use Project to create a timeline. Essentially I'll enter tasks in the logical order they'll be completed, and at some point Project will start ...
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Tracking resource allocation across multiple projects - GitHub?

I have an agile development team of 20-25, and we use GitHub (Enterprise) for repo, backlog etc and ZenHub for enhanced Kanban boards. I would like all members to be able to easily set their ...
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Ms project - assign different resources with different schedules to a task

I'm new at ms project and I have some questions. Let's suppose that I have a human resource named "T1" that works from 2 pm to 11 pm, and that we have a machine named "m1" that can be working all day....
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Resource planning and monitoring for multiple projects and teams

Good day, everyone! I am wondering are there any good practices and tools for resource planning and monitoring between multiple teams and multiple projects running at the same time by different ...
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Resource Costing on project server 2013 PWA

I am using project server 2013. I want to know: is there a way to show the actual cost for every resource in a period of time? I tried to add a resource view but it kept giving me a blank page. I ...
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Iron triangle question..how could extended scope only be mitigated by time?

I have read the following about the Iron trinagle: To add features to a product (scope), you could extend the deadline to make time for the new work (time) or add people to get it done faster (...
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Resource Planning Question

Does anyone know how to plan one resource in Project 2010 when the touch time for that resource for the task such as reviewing something is only 5 hours, but I am obligated to have the object in a ...
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list of all project documents? [closed]

Can someone list down all documents required for project management like planning document, risk management, time plan etc....
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How best to model project completion by adjusting available resources?

I'm PMing our team of 4 engineers (myself included) but am pretty new to process. In attempting to plan out our work for the next year (and we have lots) I'm looking for the right way to: List ...
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Ms Project - Assign resource for fixed duration

Suppose we have two tasks T1 and T2 taking respectively 3 days and 10 days to complete, and two resources R1 and his best friend, R2. T1 starts on Nov 1rst and is supposed to finish on Nov 3rd, while ...
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Task Details Form - Use for Current, Actual and Baseline radio buttons

I'm slowly learning Project but can't seem to find the answer especially to the different uses or meanings for the Current and Actual buttons on the Task>Details form. Could someone explain them to me ...
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Project management and scheduling with shifting priorities and project juggling

I'm new to any kind of formal PM and structure, but have been tasked with coming up with schedules task lists for a 'mom and pop' construction business that mainly operates by contract (small project, ...
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Small development team with big amount of tasks for different projects - how to?

We are small team of 4 developers who manage 2 large websites + 4-5 small websites + we have a channel for customizations / development service (one time service). With all websites on support we ...
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Strategy for whole team switching tehnologies

My current company is product based, with an application started 7 years ago but never rewritten, a lot of garbage piled up. Right now, the management decided it's time to rewrite and after a little ...
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Algorithm to schedule tasks according to resource availability

Is there an algorithm to schedule tasks according to the resource availability? i.e. Andrew can only work on Tasks A, B, C; Betty only Tasks D, E and Cathy only Tasks F, G, H, I. All tasks A to I have ...
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How to convince others to change project management process

I'm a statistical modeler at a large bank in a highly regulated area. I work in a team of about twelve people divvied up between three managers. Right all of our statistical models are developed ...
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MS Project displaying work hours extremely wrong compared to duration and resource allocation

I am having an issue with working hours in my project plan with the work hours showing millions of hours even though when factoring duration and resources this is off by a huge margin. For Example: ...
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Split task in case of interruption: know when start, postpone finish based on interruptions

I'm new in Microsoft Project & in the forum, so forgive me if my comment is just imposible to manage... I have a team in which some of the members get continuous interruptions due to urgent ...
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How to set a baseline for future projects based on performance of past projects?

A project manager at our company recently supplied the team with metrics for two past projects that are wildly different from one another. Based on these metrics, the project manager would like to ...
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RACI Matrix - Accountability

Can a task under RACI matrix be accountable by 2 resources? E.g.: Both the Project Manager and the Development Team Head are accountable for the project quality.
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Various resource assignments for different portions of a task

Consider two tasks (Task 1 and Task 2), as well as two resources (Developer 1 and Developer 2). Task 1 and 2 respectively require 1 and 2 days from start to finish. I want to make the following ...
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How to set a specific resource in MS Project to have a max work capacity of 7 hours a day?

I'm working on this slightly complicated project schedule in MS Project 2016. I'm not new to MS Project and have used it for several years, but not necessarily an expert either. For my project, I need ...
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Scheduling Turnaround execution

In my plant we are scheduling a 5 week turnaround during which we will execute >$10M in upgrades and repairs while the plant is down. We will be using scheduling software to coordinate projects for ...
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Microsoft Project: How to make two resources work at the same time on the same task when using automatic resource leveling?

In Microsoft Project I have a task with these attributes: Duration = 0.5 days Resources = Person A[100%]; Person B[100%] Type = Fixed Duration Effort driven = No (implying Level Assignments = No) ...
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How to effectively allocate experts to projects?

We get repeated requests for consulting projects. There are couple of experts in our firm. They have different expertise in different fields. We would like to choose for each project the expert who ...
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Inter-Team Dynamics - Is it worth planning / optimizing for?

In my organization I realize that at times there are teams that work better in certain combinations of devs (IE: John + Travis have a better dynamic than Dennis + Travis so they result in a faster ...
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In Microsoft Project, the values for my Work column appear to be wrong

I'm just getting started with Microsoft Project and I'm using it to plan out a project we have. There are several tasks on it where I would like the whole team (5 people) to work on a Task. My ...
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Is it sound project management practice to make software engineers fix bugs “off the clock”?

I work in a largish, multi-team software development shop that builds a vertical B2B solution suite for a highly regulated domain. We are trying to become more Agile; we are iterating better than we ...
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The process that has brought about the proposal and its submission?

While writing a proposal, I came across a section on the template, under "PROJECT PLAN.", and I am at a loss as to the exact nature of information to provide in response to a request for" The process ...
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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 ...