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    My projects span multiple countries and the individual resources move between countries as the projects progress.

    I have been handling the different holiday schedules by creating a resource calendar for each country (Brazil, USA, UK, Germany) and then in the resource column entering the country name.

    Now I need to start assigning human resources (with their own individual calendars) to tasks.  Since the person may be in 4 countries in a month (each with its own holiday schedule) what suggestions does this team have?

    #7009 Reply
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    Try this:

    The Project Holiday Import Wizard is a tool for marking national and religious holidays as non-working days in the Microsoft Project base calendars (versions 2002-2007). The holidays are sourced from the Holiday File installed with Microsoft Outlook, which contains over 8,000 holidays for 88 countries. If you don’t have Outlook installed, the wizard will take you to a page where you can download the file. The selected holidays are imported into the base calendars of the chosen project plan document or the global template. The tool is easy to use and best of all, it’s free! project-holiday-import-wizard

    Mike Glen

    Project MVP (97-11)

    See http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

    #7011 Reply
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    It’s a complex problem. My suggestion is not to model to this down to this level, otherwise you will spend your life editing individual calendars. Rather, in your weekly/monthly updates, review what holidays are due in each country, and review the tasks that are going to be impacted.

    #7012 Reply
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    I agree with Ben. If you still need to manage holidays on an individual level than you can treat holidays as you would any other PTO. Start with a generic standard calendar without holidays and enter holidays per person depending on where they will be. That of course assumes that you have a good forward schedule of when each of your team members will be in which country. If that’s not the case, then Ben’s suggestion is that much more preferred.

    #7014 Reply
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    You’re welcome,  🙂

     

    Mike Glen

    MS Project (97-11)

    See  http://tinyurl.com/2xbhc for my free Project Tutorials

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