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Using Work Distribution Contours RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am working in Project 2007.  For example sake lets assume that I have a single task called Design Building 1.  Let's assume that I assign a duration of 10 days to that task. I then go to the "Resource Usage Tab" and insert 10 hours of work for that task.

    As I look across the days assigned to the duration of that task I see that 1 hour/day is assigned to task.  I understand a "flat" distribution is applied by default of the program.  I also see that other shapes can be assigned to that task distribution, but I cannot see how to make that change.

    I have tried several methods and cannot find the best way to assign a "turtle" shape (ramped early - fall at end) to that task. I have tried to follow some of the past threads on this forum, but can't see how they apply to MS Project 2007.

    Can someone please help me with the best way to assign the "Turtle" contour to my task please?  Your help would be very much appreciated.

    Thank you.

    Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:01 PM

Answers

  • mikeaabt --

    I can tell you that using a Work Contour makes no sense in your example. Seriously, how to you expect Microsoft Project 2007 to contour only 10 hours over a task with a 10-day Duration?  Where Work Contours are relevant is when you have 4-8 hours of Work assigned each day on a task assignment. Then Microsoft Project 2007 will nicely contour the Work for you.  To try this, create a task with a 10-day Duration and assign a resource at 100% Units.  Then, go to the Task Usage view and apply each Work Contour to the resource assignment.  You will see the work pattern for each type of Work Contour, and you will also see that Microsoft Project 2007 will double the Duration on most of the Work Contours in order to properly contour the Work over time.

    Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
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    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:40 AM
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  • mikeaabt --

    I can tell you that using a Work Contour makes no sense in your example. Seriously, how to you expect Microsoft Project 2007 to contour only 10 hours over a task with a 10-day Duration?  Where Work Contours are relevant is when you have 4-8 hours of Work assigned each day on a task assignment. Then Microsoft Project 2007 will nicely contour the Work for you.  To try this, create a task with a 10-day Duration and assign a resource at 100% Units.  Then, go to the Task Usage view and apply each Work Contour to the resource assignment.  You will see the work pattern for each type of Work Contour, and you will also see that Microsoft Project 2007 will double the Duration on most of the Work Contours in order to properly contour the Work over time.

    Hope this helps.


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 1:40 AM
    Moderator
  • Dale,

    Yes, you are correct.  I wanted to provide an easy math scenario by selecting the 10 days / 10 hours.  This was simply for example purposes.  I agree the countouring is better utilized in a situation where larger quantities are dealt with.

    You did answer my question beautifully.  I see that the countouring capability is available in the task usage view only after specific resource assignment. I appreciate your help.

    Mike Abt

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 3:34 PM
  • Mike --

    You are more than welcome for the help, my friend!  And thanks for the kind compliment.  :)


    Dale A. Howard [MVP]
    VP of Educational Services
    msProjectExperts
    http://www.msprojectexperts.com
    http://www.projectserverexperts.com
    "We write the books on Project Server"

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 4:57 PM
    Moderator