Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Eliminating overallocations by extending durations, part of Managing Resource-Constrained Projects with Microsoft Project.
- When resources are over allocated,…increasing the duration of tasks for those resources…could be the answer.…That way, the resources work less each day on each task…and can juggle a couple of assignments at the same time.…In this project, there are two tasks…at the beginning of the project that show…over allocated resources.…The two tasks, both have the same resources assigned.…If I select the first one with the…over allocated resources indicator,…and then on the task tab, very right end,…click Scroll To Task, I can see the task bars.…
Yep, both tasks have the same resources…and they're scheduled at the same time.…That's why we have over allocations.…In this example though, it doesn't matter…which one comes first.…Why not increase the task durations…so the people assigned can work on them…when they think it makes sense?…Well, let's give that a try.…I'm gonna start with the task…to remove fixtures and cabinets.…In the table, I select the duration cell for that task…and I can type four.…
Then press Enter.…Project automatically fills in four days for the duration.…
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