As I promised I am going to explain how to assign resources to the Task, and what happens when I add or remove additional resources to those tasks in MS PROJECT 2010. After that I will explain the MAGIC FORMULA. So, if you are interested, continue to reading!
OK! First I will make a Set up! I will add new column Work
Now I will add Two Tasks to the Project:
As you can see Work is 0 hours? Why? Because Work field is directly connected with Resources!
I will put two Resources two resources to the Project:
I will assign both, John and Mary to the Task 1:
As you can see I get 32 hours in the Work field! It is a Simple calculation: 2 days X 8 hours per day X 2 persons = 32 Hours! You may ask: “Where did this 8 hours per day comes from?”. From here:
O.K.! I will assign John and Mary to the Task 2, but in this case I will assign only 50% of Mary To the Task!
and I will get:
As you can see I get 36 hours in the Work field! It is a Simple calculation: For John: 3 days X 8 hours per day (100%) X 1 person = 24 Hours! For Mary: 3 days X 4 hours per day (50%) X 1 person = 12 Hours. So John + Mary = 24 + 12 = 36 hours.
I will do the Same thing for both Tasks, but I will assign John first, and then Mary!
John is here, now I will assign Mary, and I will get:
It seems that everything is same as in my first example. But, did you notice the little green triangle in the upper left corner of the Task 1? If you put mouse pointer near it you will get so called: Action Button!
You have three choices! And I will explain them! Basically you have to give MS PROJECT 2010 the answer on the question: “OK. First you have assign John. Now, you want Mary on the same Task! WHY? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE? WHY DO YOU NEED MARY?” And, there are three answers:
“Increase total work because the task requires more person-hours. Keep duration constant”! That means that you need more WORKING HOURS, and you can see in a picture above that in the Work field is 32 hours instead of 16.
“Reduce duration so the task end sooner, but requires same amount of work (person-hours)”! If I choose that one, I will get:
In this case I said to the MS PROJECT 2010: Well, John had to work 16 hours. I added Mary to The Task because I want this 16 hours to be split between John and Mary. John will work 8 hours per day, and Mary too. Since I need 16 hours to finish the Task the Task will have only one day, instead of two!
Last answer is:
“Reduce the hours that resource work per day. Keep duration and work the same”! If I choose that one, I will get:
In this case I said to the MS PROJECT 2010: Well, John had to work 16 hours. I added Mary to The Task because I want this 16 hours to be split between John and Mary. John will work 4 hours per day, and Mary too. The duration will be the same!
You can see that in Task Usage View:
Is it complicated? Yes it is. But, once when you get the point it will be much easier to work with MS PROJECT 2010!
I will continue in my next post with adding and removing Resources to and from Tasks!