Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding duration, work, and units, part of Microsoft Project 2010 Essential Training.
- The mathematical relationship for a task's…duration, work, and assignment units is simple,…and it's the key to getting your…resource assignments right every time.…Let's start with a few definitions.…Duration is the length of a task…from its start to its finish.…If a task starts on Monday morning…and ends on Friday afternoon,…the duration is five work days.…Work represents the person hours…it takes to complete a task.…For example, if you're going to work 16 hours…on a task, it's work is 16 hours,…even if the duration is five days.…
Assignment units, usually referred to simply as "units,"…represent the percentage of a resources's available time…that's dedicated to a task.…Full-time is 100%, half-time is 50%.…You can show units as a decimal too.…In that case, full-time is 1.0 and half-time is .5.…The good news is basic algebra is all you need…to understand the relationship…between duration, work, and units.…Let's start by calculating duration.…
Duration is equal to work divided by units.…Well suppose you estimate work at 40 hours,…
- Setting up projects and calendars
- Creating tasks and milestones
- Linking and timing tasks
- Setting up and assigning resources
- Understanding duration, work, and units
- Filtering and grouping items with views
- Adding tasks to a baseline
- Updating progress and costs
- Viewing project status
- Running reports
- Importing and exporting projects
Skill Level Beginner
1. Working with Project
2. Setting Up Project Files
3. Creating Tasks
4. Linking and Timing tasks
5. Creating Resources
6. Assigning Tasks to Resources
7. Working with Views
8. Fine-Tuning the Project Schedule
9. Tracking and Managing a Project
10. Viewing and Reporting Project Information
11. Sharing Projects
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