I have a question from my Blog Reader: “If you are not using resources in the scheduling, should you always just leave the Effort Driven box unchecked?”
I will answer this question right away: “”It doesn’t matter. Effort driven is always about :”More hands less work!”. Since you do not have resources you will get same results with effort and non effort Tasks.
But, I’m going to show you what will happens if you enter Work and Duration for The Task, and you do not assign Resources to them.
I will use MS PROJECT 2016, and I will create a simple Project with three resources:
As you can see, I put two extra Columns: Work and Type, and I have created three Tasks with different Types. All of them have 5 days Duration.
Now I am going to put 16 hours for Task 1, 32 hours for Task 2, and 8 hours for Task 3 in work field:
As you can see, Duration remains same for all three Tasks, no matter of their Type, and Work is spread equally through Duration.
Now I will put 3 days in Duration field for all three Tasks, and I will get:
As you can see Finish date is changed, but work remains same for all three Tasks, no matter of their Type, and it is spread equally through Duration.
To conclude, Magic formula: WORK = DURATION * UNITS does not work here because UNITS are zero. And they are zero because we do not have Resources assigned to Tasks.
So, when you have work and Duration in Tasks with no Resources assigned to them it doesn’t matter what kind of Task Type you have, nor if the Task is or is not effort driven.