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Resource Plans and Resource Pool RRS feed

  • Question

  • If you are working with Resource Plans in Project Server 2010, I have a few questions:

    1 - Roughly how many resource plans do you have?

    2 - How many resources in your resource pool

    3 - Are you seeing any lags or delays when assigning the resources to the resource plan?

    THANKS in advance!

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi, I implemented PS2010 with 150 resource plans for an organization with 50 PM and 500 team members. I have not see any latence. You should tell us where and how you noticied latency so we can give more insight. I'd suggest to dig into the infrastructure side.

    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MCP, MCTS |

    • Marked as answer by weller34 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:18 PM
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:12 AM
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  • I think your question could be a bit clearer but I am going to provide some advice.

    1: You can have a Resource Plan for each project saved to Project Server, you can only have 1 Resource Plan per project. Resource plans can be used to model high level initial estimates of demand for resources in projects which may not have schedules when they are first created, this is assuming you are using EPT's with Project Server Workflow Phases and Stages. There is an option in Resource Plans to calculate "Resource Utilisation" in one of 3 ways, from the Resource Plan, from the Project Plan or from the Project Plan until a specified date (the assumption being that beyond that date demand for resource in the project would be taken from the Resource Plan).

    2: I am not aware of any limits to how many Resources you can have in a Resource Pool. Project Server is offered as an "Enterprise Project Management" solution - the largest deployment I am aware of has in the region of 20,000 users - I am not sure if every user is a Resource but would guess a large proportion of users are Resources as that is typically the case for deployments of Project Server.   

    3: Resource Plans do not involve Lag or Lead features and are also not subject to "Resource Driven Scheduling" to the best of my knowledge.

    I hope this gives you a bit more insight into this aspect of the Project Server solution.


    Dominic Moss | MAPM Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist | Our Newsletter: PM News Project Server Specialists Project Server PRIME | Twitter: @Twitter | Facebook: @Facebook | Linkedin: Wellingtone

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:55 PM
  • Hi Dominic,

    I guess you are correct; my questions could be more clear.  (They seemed clear in my mind when I typed them, but reading your answers...I see the error of my ways!!)  Let me try again.

    I'm seeing some odd behavior in an environment and I'm trying to understand if it has been seen by any other organization.

    1. If you are working within an organization that leverages resource plans, within your portfolio of projects; how many projects have you created a resource plan for? (I realize only one resource plan can be created per project and how they function.)  I am looking for a count like "We have created roughly xxx number of resource plans"

    2. I am curious; for the organization that is working with resource plans, what is the total number of resources within your resource pool?

    3. For those organizations that are working with resource plans, have you ever experienced any latency (lag/delay) in system response when assigning the resource to the resource plan?

    Thanks again!

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:03 AM
  • Hello Weller34

    If you look at the DRAFT database there are roughly 5 ResourcePlan tables that can be used that you could right SQL queries against. There isn't a report or view that gives you this information, so you will need to build reports to find the answer.

    Cheers


    Michael Wharton, MVP, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCTS, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    Website http://www.WhartonComputer.com
    Blog http://MyProjectExpert.com contains my field notes and SQL queries

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:10 AM
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  • Hi, I implemented PS2010 with 150 resource plans for an organization with 50 PM and 500 team members. I have not see any latence. You should tell us where and how you noticied latency so we can give more insight. I'd suggest to dig into the infrastructure side.

    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MCP, MCTS |

    • Marked as answer by weller34 Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:18 PM
    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:12 AM
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  • Hi Weller34,

    In addition to the useful suggestions provided already you can view "Resource Availability" graphs from the Resource Centre and beneath the graph there will be tabular data that shows where utilisation is being calculated from - Resource Plan or Project Assignments/Tasks (cannot recall what the term is for demand from project schedules exactly but it does distinguish the source).

    I hope the other answers with regards to the DB Tables, number of projects and resources in a resource pool and performance address your questions. 

    If you are suffering "lag" or latency issues you might look at the resources allocated to the Servers supporting your instance of Project Server and also check that the times on the various servers are in Synch.


    Dominic Moss | MAPM Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist | Our Newsletter: PM News Project Server Specialists Project Server PRIME | Twitter: @Twitter | Facebook: @Facebook | Linkedin: Wellingtone

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 6:21 AM
  • I sincerely appreciate all the input here.  However, the award goes to Guillaume.  This is exactly what I wanted to know!!

    Thanks everyone.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:13 PM
  • You're more than welcome.

    If any of the above replies were helpful to you, please mark them as an answer so other users with a similar concern can refer to it.


    Hope this helps,


    Guillaume Rouyre, MBA, MCP, MCTS |

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014 12:17 PM
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