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Larry ChristofaroLarry Christofaro

Hi Robert. That is probably the one question that experts disagree the most, but I’ll give you my take on the two sides. The first step is to use dependencies that are required by the schedule activities. It’s the next step that is the challenging one. There are two general options for managing resource availability. The first and more complex is to use Microsoft’s resource leveling feature. The second is to use additional dependencies to level out resource availability. Resource leveling feature requires learning and a lot of Project knowledge. MPUG has a few sessions on using the feature but don’t forget the latter requirement. Generally speaking, use what you know and are comfortable using.
Pro for resource leveling: Once setup it requires much less work to maintain, especially for larger schedules
Pro for resource dependencies: Simpler solution, easier to setup, WYSIWYG
Hope that helps…