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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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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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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How to manage time and resources efficiently? [closed]

I am new to resource management and I wanted to improve the time management of my team in handling tasks/projects. Do you have best practice to follow on giving out tasks or on planning the resources ...
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How to add people to a task to reduce time in MS project

How do I add people to a task to reduce the duration of a task? I have a automatically scheduled task that takes 15 days to complete with one person assigned when i try to add people it doesn't reduce ...
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MS Project - Disable a resource from being assigned to a task

My main goal is to have a Project file that will contain old and new employees (inactive and active). If an old employee finished an old task he/she was assigned to, I want him/her to stay assigned to ...
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Team managemnet to get something streamlined

I am unofficially given an opportunity to lead a very strong technical team. We work in 24*7 Shifts there we have shift handover happening 2wice a day. Currently we are just preparing a set of table ...
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How to accurately communicate task priorities?

In my company, I am constantly struggling with how to accurately communicate the priorities of tasks. Some of the aspects of this are: Some tasks need to be done before a deadline, however, sometimes ...
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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 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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Resources for Scrum [closed]

I'm looking for resources for Scrum. Online resources would be particulary suited, but I'm ready to consider books. There is much material available, and I have to say it's hard to choose the good ...
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How to use Scrum when I have the QA working in two other projects?

I am the team leader in a small project. My team has 3 full-stack devs and one QA. We have an external client (PO) and internal PM. We are trying to implement the Scrum methodology but we have a lot ...
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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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Problem dealing with a resistant resource

Scenario: I am coordinating a Project and it's been 6 months since I am working with a team of 9 resources. I've build trust and coordination with all but facing below problems with one of the member:...
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Microsoft Project 2019 - problem allocating resources to tasks outside their calendar working hours

We have a standard calendar work week. (Monday to Friday with weekends off) Our resources have "standard" calendar - so scheduling as standard for them is a normal work week. However, we have ...
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100% Utilization of Resource and Wait Times

I just finished reading "The Phoenix Project" and really liked it. One of the things it talks about is "Hand Offs" between resources. It says that "Wait times for a given resource is the percent it ...
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Managing Large Teams in MS Project

I am using MS Project 2016. I have been looking at a way to assign tasks to teams rather than to individuals. This is because I am managing large teams, the compositions of which keep changing, ...
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Resources Management - I can't manage some people

Recently I've been promoted to a senior position where the responsibility include managing a project. To help me with the overall project, the company provided me 2 persons (resources) that are also ...
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Work resources that don't influence the duration of the task

I work on a construction project. I have a task that needs 1000h to be completed. Depending on the amount of manpower, the duration of the task will vary. To complete the task I need scaffolding that ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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 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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Should a project Manager include his own cost when costing a project?

Should a project Manager include his own cost when costing a project? I have included the cost of resources I have hired to work on the project, but should I include my own cost to the business in the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...