I have a question from one of my Blog readers:
“Hello, Nenad. First, I’d like to thank you by your posts. They are very helpful. Now, to my question. I have a central team coordinating and working in some local projects with local teams. I have one project file for each local project and one master file for them all, plus the central tasks. I have a pool for all resources, but is is getting crownded. I’d like to keep only the central team on the pool and have the local teams on each project file. I tried but each time I created a resource in the local file, it was also created in the pool. Do you know how to do it? Best regards.”
This Post will be Short one, and I will show the answer with MS PROJECT 2013.
Let’s suppose that we have one Resource Pool and three Projects. Here is The Resource Pool:
and Resources in this pool:
Remember, that Best Practice is that Resource Pool should not have any Tasks, just Resources.
Now I will create three Projects:
Now, I will assign John and Mary to all Tasks in all Projects. I’m going to show you how to do it in First Project, and I will do the same thing for Second, and Third Project:
and I will assign John and Mary to all Task in the First Project:
After I do the same thing for the Second and Third Project I will have:
The resources are over allocated, but forget this for now, because it is not the subject of this post!
Now I am going to add new Resource, for example Material Resource called Brick in my Second Project:
Now let’s look at the Resource Pool:
So, the answer in NO, you can not have both Local and global Resources by using Resource Pool 😦
I have an ongoing problem that I cannot seem to resolve. I have a resource pool and have a customer calendar based on a 6 hour work day. I set this by changing the specific working time under details in work weeks. I also changed the hours per day in schedule under the options tab. When I schedule multiple tasks and assign a resource there are various problems.
1. The resource is shown as being over allocated event though the task is 6 hours.
2. When I schedule multiple tasks the resource is not assigned on consecutive days. It seems to skip random days.
Do you have any idea what may be causing these issues?
Can you send me a mpp file to email@example.com and show me which tasks and resources are we talking about?