Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding resources to offload work from assigned resources, part of Managing Resource-Constrained Projects with Microsoft Project.
- Whether you're trying to offload work…from overloaded team members or shorten task duration,…you might consider adding more resources.…That is, if you have any available.…Let's take a look at the Build Foundation task.…When I select it in the Gantt Chart view,…down in the Task form I can see…that there are two carpenters assigned.…It's a three-day task, they're assigned…full-time, so they each work 24 hours.…That's a total of 48 hours of work.…
In this case we're going to add another carpenter…who's working on the project to decrease the task duration.…In the Task form, the Effort driven check box is turned on.…That setting keeps the total work the same.…Remember, that's 48 hours.…Now let's add the third carpenter and see what happens.…Select the first blank Resource Name cell.…I want to add April Walters, that's the third carpenter.…So I'm going to click the down arrow,…scroll down until I see her name, and then click it.…
Project's going to automatically assign…the units at 100% if I don't fill it in.…So all I have to do now is click 'Ok'…
Taught by expert project manager Bonnie Biafore, this course first shows how to create a resource plan to see if a project is feasible given the available resources. Then learn how to schedule project resources, assign them to tasks, check for overallocations, and resolve issues with techniques like substituting resources and extending and delaying tasks. Once the plan is established and work is ready to start, Bonnie shows how to execute the schedule by setting a baseline, entering actuals for the project, and recording overtime.
Note: This course was designed in collaboration with author John Riopel.
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- Developing a project resource plan
- Replacing and substituting resources
- Tracking down overallocations
- Assigning contractors to offload work
- Adding resources
- Leveling resources
- Recording project progress
- Assigning overtime