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Assigning multiple resources to task on Project 2003

    Question

  • Asked to add multiple generic resources to a task eg x number of mechanics, x number of engineers, so we can build up future demand profiles.  Can this be done?
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:10 PM

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  • Sure.  Easiest way is to tinker with the units, i.e. assign a Mechanic for
    300%.  I don't have 2003 in front of me, but if you split the screen, one
    of the forms at the bottom should let you control the units at which the
    resource is assigned.
     
    Buried in File > Options, you can change the default resource units from
    percentage to decimal, which makes more sense to me when you're doing group
    assignments.  That way, you can assign 3 Mechanics and not 300% Mechanics.
     
     

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    • Marked as answer by R228 Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:10 PM
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:19 PM

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  • Sure.  Easiest way is to tinker with the units, i.e. assign a Mechanic for
    300%.  I don't have 2003 in front of me, but if you split the screen, one
    of the forms at the bottom should let you control the units at which the
    resource is assigned.
     
    Buried in File > Options, you can change the default resource units from
    percentage to decimal, which makes more sense to me when you're doing group
    assignments.  That way, you can assign 3 Mechanics and not 300% Mechanics.
     
     

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    • Marked as answer by R228 Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:10 PM
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:19 PM
  • Thank you, that looks good.  Now my problem is when I have task 1 - 20 days duration (eg start-end August) when I add a multiple resource the dates change.  I had it fixed duration.  I know this is probably something simple but it's driving me mad.
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:43 PM
  • Turn off Effort Driven for the task.
    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:47 PM
  • Ok, sorted that out now! 

    Another question on resource graph view, if I have 3 resources can I show them all on one view instead of scrolling along for each one?

    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:54 PM
  • thank you
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:57 PM
  • Hi R288,
     
    Welcome to this Microsoft Project forum:-)
     
    You might like to see FAQ Item: 38. Combined Resource Graph.
     
    FAQs, companion products and other useful Project information can be seen at this web address: http://project.mvps.org/faqs.htm
     
    Hope this helps - please let us know how you get on :-)
     
    Mike Glen
    Project MVP
    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 3:05 PM
  • Thanks Mike, this is what I was looking for - but is there any way for the gantt to be shown on the top pane with the cominbed resource graph on the lower pane?
    Friday, August 12, 2011 7:55 AM
  • No - the bottom pane is filtered by what you select in the upper pane - hence if you select a task, the graph only shows one resource at a time that are assigned to that task.  A limited work around is to open a new window, load the same project into it, arrange the windows one above the other and select Gantt for the top and Resources Graph in the bottom.

    Mike Glen

    Project MVP

    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

     

     

    Friday, August 12, 2011 1:46 PM
  • Thanks Mike, I'll try that.
    Monday, August 15, 2011 7:37 AM
  • You're welcome,  :-)

     

    Mike Glen

    MS Project MVP

    See  http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

     

     

    Monday, August 15, 2011 8:19 AM