Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Analyzing subcontractor work and cost, part of Managing Subcontractor Projects with Microsoft Project.
- Because you pay subcontractors with hard cash,…you probably want to keep a close eye…on their work hours and overall cost.…If you have Project 2013 or 2016,…customizing a built-in graphical report…will get you the info you want in no time.…Let's head to the Report tab.…We're going to use a built-in report…that's in the Costs category.…Click the Costs button…and then choose Resource Cost Overview.…Now we want to create a custom report from this report.…
To do that, on the Report Tools Design tab,…in the Report section, we want to click the Manage button…and then on the dropdown menu, choose Rename Report.…This feature isn't really named correctly…because we're not renaming the built-in report.…What we're doing is we're creating a new report…based on this one with a new name.…We're going to change the name to Subcontractor Overview,…so I'm going to select Resource Cost…and then type over it with Subcontractor.…
When I click OK, now I've got my new custom report.…In fact, let's jump over to the Report tab…and I'm going to click the Custom button…
Expert project manager Bonnie Biafore introduces approaches for working with subcontractors, including how to set them up in Project and incorporate their schedules. The course then explains how to set up multiperson team resources, assign subcontractors to tasks, periodically update the project, and review subcontractor performance based on cost, work, and schedule, and in relation to the overall project. Follow along with the sample Project file, featuring before-and-after examples you can use to compare your work to the author's.
Note: This course was designed in collaboration with author John Riopel. The techniques apply to Project 2010, 2013, and 2016.
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- Explain how to show the type of contract for a new resource.
- Recall how to set up a team resource to track time and cost.
- Recognize the benefits of inserting a subcontractor’s project into a main project file.
- Determine how to add a summary task as a part of a last milestone.
- Identify the steps taken to view all tasks assigned to a specific subcontractor.
- Summarize the type of relationships shown in four kinds of charts in the Resource Cost Overview.