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Assigning Multiple Resources to a single task RRS feed

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  • So because multple resources should reduce duration the task is what is called "Effort Driven".

    Test a few sample tasks and try a few different task types. Fixed Work, Fixed Duration and Fixed Units.

    Enter the estimates of Duration and work and then assign the resources. Then adjust the work values for the assignments (or adjust the Units value on the assignments) and see which works best for your situation.


    Brian Kennemer - Project MVP
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    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 6:26 PM
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  • It depends on a few things.

    Will the resources both be working the same amount over the duration of the task?

    Will they both be working at the same time?

    is the nature of the task such that adding more resources will reduce the duration of the task?


    Brian Kennemer - Project MVP
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    endlessly obsessing about Project Server…so that you don’t have to.
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    Tuesday, June 5, 2012 11:05 PM
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  • Brian -

    Thank you very much for your response.  To answer your questions:

    The resources will not necessarily be working the same amount of time over the duration of the task.  In one case one resource will be dedicated to the task while the other will have other duties suring the duration.

    The resources will be working at the same time.

    Yes - adding 1 additional resource will (fingers crossed) reduce the duration of the task.

    Have a good one,

    Selena

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:14 PM
  • So because multple resources should reduce duration the task is what is called "Effort Driven".

    Test a few sample tasks and try a few different task types. Fixed Work, Fixed Duration and Fixed Units.

    Enter the estimates of Duration and work and then assign the resources. Then adjust the work values for the assignments (or adjust the Units value on the assignments) and see which works best for your situation.


    Brian Kennemer - Project MVP
    DeltaBahn Senior Architect
    endlessly obsessing about Project Server…so that you don’t have to.
    Blog | Twitter | LinkedIn

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 6:26 PM
    Moderator
  • Hi Selena,

    Just to add to Brian's response, I strongly suggest you use a split screen. For Project 2010, from the Task ribbon, Properties tab, select details (or right click in the Gantt chart and select Show Split).  This will give you the Task Form in the lower screen.  Now select a task and the lower screen will show you all the elements of the Task types, effort driven, and assignments to make your experimenting instantly visible. 

    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
    MS Project MVP (97-11)
    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

    Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:21 PM
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