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Questions tagged [resources]

Resources are people, places, or things that can be allocated. DO NOT use this tag for resource recommendations; these are off-topic.

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ProjectLibre: One person two tasks at the same time

I'm trying to schedule a few tasks in ProjectLibre and I'm also fairly new to PM The problem Suppose we have Person1, and he'scheduled on two tasks (100%): Install device (duration=1hr) Test ...
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How to utilize resources effectively in cross-functional scrum teams?

I agree on an idea of making teams cross-functional. However, I doubt that resources may not utilize effectively when the nature of the work varying sprint to sprint. For example, There are database ...
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When does throwing in people to meet a Project's Scope or Time constraints ever work?

While there's way too much wisdom and anecdotal evidence accumulated over the years that throwing new people into a project to magically close a scope-gap or a schedule-gap is a bad idea, I've noticed ...
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How do you manage resources in an agile approach with PMI

In a case with limited people like 5, you need to go through an iterative process. If you weight, distribute and assign the stories to be developed in a way that everyone is orchestrated well and you ...
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What is the evidence supporting the PMBOK practices?

The PMBOK (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 5th edition) states: The PMBOK Guide contains the globally recognized standard and guide for the project management profession. [....
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In Microsoft Project how to get change in resource max units to cascade to tasks automatically

I had already defined a bunch of tasks, and assigned resources 1 and 2. The durations of the tasks were calculated on the resources Max Units availability at the time of assignment. Later I went ...
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How to respond to too much work in too little time from the customer?

How do you respond to customer demanding too much to be done in not enough time? This is in an IT environment. Responding by "We can not do it" as true as it is, put the focus on us that we are not ...
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MS Project resource allocation

I have a mechanic 'X' who can work only 4 hours for projects and the remaining 4 hours he spends on repair. How can I set him up in MS project as a resource? e.g. if I have a project of 10 hours ...
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MS Project 2013: Can I avoid MSP auto-changing my assignment units to less than 100%?

Curious if there is a way to avoid Microsoft Project auto-adjusting the assignment units, when I add a resource in the Resource name column. In the project settings all resources are set to 100% ...
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Is it a bug or not ? Ms Project randomly changes project's tasks resources name when I re-open file?

I am experiencing a strange problem with ms project 2016 pro regarding random changes in tasks' resources name every time I reopen the project plan file that is sharing resource pool locally . ...
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How to assign a resource with two units to the task?

I want to assign a resource -Excavator- to a task -Task#1 : duration = 4 month- : 2 units in first 2 months and 5 units in second 2 months.
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Microsoft Project 2016 resource calendar seems to be ignored and no overallocation detected

yesterday I was trying to put in my resource sheet a part-time worker. I changed his calendar appropriately and then assigned him. At that point something strange happened. I summarized everything ...
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How can I add a rented resource to MS Project?

I need to create a new resource that include a pay per day and quantity parameters. For example, I have a resource "Rented Car - Type 1" with 60€/Day as daily cost. In my project, I have a task (10 ...
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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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Task with duration and no hours

I am trying to add a task to my project. The task is assigned to my customer. I want to give them 30 days to complete the task and I don't care how many hours it takes them. Other than the 30 day ...
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How to show resource usage for the current project only?

In MS Project, is there a way to show resource usage for the current Project only? When viewing the resource usage report, the totals by resource include allocation for all projects. Can it be ...
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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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How can my PERT diagram take account of my resources?

I want to define the critical path of my project by using a PERT diagram. Let's take a trivial example to show you my problem. I have 4 tasks defined like this: Task A with a duration of 1 day ...
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How to Add Actual Hours

I'm in a group project at school. We built a MS Project file for our group, and set durations for all tasks. Everything is Auto-Scheduled. We also set up resources for ourselves to work on the tasks. ...
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MS Project doesn't calculate task finish date correclty

I have an issue with MS Project 2016. I have a task which starts on May 9th and is estimated to 72 hrs. I have assigned a resource, which is available 4 hours per day (I assigned the resource using ...
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How to optimize for Flow Efficiency over Resource Utilization?

In researching the 100% Utilization Fallacy, I came across the suggestion to optimize for flow efficiency (making sure the workflow for each individual customer/project/task/what have you is as quick ...
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Show resources grouped by high-level summary task in MS Project

I'm managing a project in MS Project Pro 2013 with several phases, which I have distinguished by summary tasks. Under these summary tasks I have plenty of other tasks, several again summarized. Note ...
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How to view resource allocation to specific projects

In MS Project, I've created a resource pool which is shared amongst several projects, can I see how much time a certain resource is allocated to a certain project? Alternatively, is there a way to ...
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Resource Over Allocation in MS Project

I've got a situation where I'm planning a job running two crews on a 10 on, 4 off roster (days). This means that over a two week period, there are three days where I have both crews working. I am ...
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MS Project: How should I enter scheduling constraints to reflect multiple short and irregular operating windows?

In the MS Project file I am building, some of the tasks depend on environmental conditions – specifically tidal currents being below a certain flow speed. I know precisely the start, finish and ...
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What to do if a member of a team finishes all his sprint tasks ahead of schedule?

I run 1 week sprints, lately my sprints are finishing ahead of schedule (one day before the end of the sprint) for one member of the team. I know that some PMs wait until the next sprint cycle, ...
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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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Leveling Doesn't Work on Overallocated Resources in Project 2010

I have two simultaneous tasks and the same resource assigned to them, which naturally produced an overallocation in MS Project 2010. The leveling tools on the Resource tab, for some reason, are not ...
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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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Microsoft Project - view resources in hours not percentage

I had assigned resources to tasks in Microsoft Project gantt chart and I would like to see them in hours per resource, not percentages. I know that I can see hours in Resource Usage chart, but maybe ...
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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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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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How to handle being ignored by team member/resource

What are best practices/strategies for dealing with a team member that repeatedly ignores emails/phone calls and will not commit to new estimated completion dates on specific tasks?
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Who is responsible for people resourcing in a project?

The organization currently has ad-hoc processes regarding the resourcing of people. This becomes a challenge especially if there are the same people across multiple projects. There isn't a resource ...
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Assign exactly one of two resources to a task in project plan

There's a team contributing to my project, call it Team A. Team A is responsible for 200 tasks out of my yearlong, 800-task project. Each of these tasks requires one week to complete. I don't care ...
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How do I allocate licence time as a limited resource in MS project?

I have a problem with allocation of licenses. The work to be done requires a software license that must be shared between my project and several others. This means that I only have that resource for a ...
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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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MS Project 2013 - How to schedule a 6 hr work week maximum

I am working on a project with over 800 tasks and each task can take anywhere between 10 mins-3 hrs. I am assigning people (team of 10) to do tasks but each person can only be assigned for a maximum ...
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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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Setting Up Infrastructure for Managing a Distributed team

I'm in the unenviable position of creating a team that will be distributed for a minimum of 3 months and up to a year. The team includes 4 now, but may increase to up to 7 before we manage to relocate ...
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Using MS Project to represent software license expiration as a resource that stops on a certain date

I have a requirement MS Project was probably not intended for, but maybe there is a tricky way to do this. We have a lot of "resources" that are really software licenses. For example, if our license ...
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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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How to allocate resources across projects with equal priority

Real Situation: you are the project manager for a small company, you have one senior developer and one junior developer. You have a big client (accounting for about 50% of company sales) breathing ...
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MSProject: How to set up different resource availability for different workdays?

I need to set up a resource with the following availability in MS Project: Mon 50% Tue 50% Wed 100% Thu 50% Fri 0% Is this possible? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you Laszlo
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Create resource dependencies in MS project 2010

e.g. I have a task that has to be fulfilled by two persons, but person B cannot start before person A has finished his part of the task. How do I scedule this in MS project 2010 without having to ...
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How to divide work unevenly between resources in MS Project

I'd like to divide a task between resources at different usage levels to get the shortest duration for the task. For Example Task A : 80 hrs work Resource 1: 100% Resource 2: 50% I want this to ...
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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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what is resources in gantt chart for IT project

I want to schedule tasks using the Gantt chart. The project is developing a Web application. I was stuck in the selection of resources for each task; knowing the developer for these tasks is only one ...
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What's the rational behind dehumanizing people and calling them “resources” in project management?

I'm a software developer. One thing I learned about this a long time ago is that no two developers are the same (experience, skills, etc.). What I learned about project management is that it's ...
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In MS Project, can I create a task whose duration depends on two milestones?

I want to show an ongoing "support" task in MS Project, where the start date is driven by one milestone (test environment available), and the end date is set by another milestone (testing complete). I ...