in the first Post this year I will answer the question from one of my Blog readers: “How will MS Project calculate remaining work, when a resource is added to a task after baseline is assigned and work has started?”.
I will show you this using MS PROJECT 2016. First I will create a simple Project with one Task:
and I will create two Resources: John and Mary:
Now, I will assign John to the Task, and Save the Baseline:
Let’s see the Work Table now:
As you can see, John is only Resource on this Task, so he will work 5 days * 8 hours per day = 40 hours in Total.
Let’s now say that John has accomplished 24 hours of work (3 days):
I will get:
So far so good! Now I will add Mary to the Task (and remember that this Task has by default: Fixed Units Type):
Back to the Task Usage View:
As you can see, Mary has only 16 hours assigned, not 40 as expected. Why? Because john ha already finished work on first three days, and by assigning Mary to the Task he need additional help for the rest of the work that has to be done, not for the work which was already done. So John and Mary should spend another 16 hours to the Task (each).
Back on the Work Table:
Now, as you can see, Variance is 16 hours, because we added Mary to the Task after the Baseline is saved!
Have a wonderful New Year!