I’m researching the viability of using MS Project Professional 2007 for a long term program and agency to do the following
1. Use a shared resource pool and link projects the shared resource pool
2. Create a Master Subproject linkage folder at the end of each month for reporting purposes.
Note: I’m also developing standards and training for the PMs to use MS Project 2007 Professional (They do NOT want to migrate to 2010 for at least a year).
I have MS Project Professional 2007 with SP1 and SP2 installed.
I’m following all of the directions, all of the rules, –and am having the following problems.
* mpps won’t relink to the resource pool,
*the resource usage view has a number of duplicates so leveled resources in the Gantt show they are overallocated in the resource usage view.,
This is what I did yesterday. (and I made copies of folders to reserve each major step).
1. I’ve created a resource pool, and added the following resources: bob, carol, ted, alice, larry moe and curly
2. Created three small project mpps “bigbuy” “bigdoc” and “bigplan” with about six summary tasks and 14 tasks all identified so I would know which was which (bb1.2 vs bd1.2)
3. linked them to the resource pool
4. Opened each of the mpps and assigned resources to the tasks (making them overallocated so I could teach leveling). Each time I opened an mpp I MADE SURE I got the “Open Resource Pool” information. And if everything was closed, when I opened the mpp, it also opened the resource pool. (good).
5. Checked the resource usage and everyone was WAY overallocated (good). I could also see (in any of the mpps) WHO ELSE was using “my” resource, by adding the “project” column. Also good, what I hoped and expected to see.
6. Next step: Manual leveling. Went into each of the mpps (all set to “unit” priority in the options section). I reduced units (which extended the durations) and put some lags in. I made sure that Bob was manually leveled among all three mpps.
7. THEN—when I went back into the Resource Usage……. BOB was still at 52 hours for Monday!! AND, there were “duplicates” of the same task assigned to Bob. BB1.2 and BB1.2. I also went into the Resource Usage Unassigned and there were Tasks showing unassigned that were also showing assigned to Bob!!
8. After looking at various views of the resource usage through the mpps and the resource pool and seeing all of the inconsistencies in the hourly usage numbers….. I gave up and went home.
Today. I opened “bigbuy” and got the “open resource Pool” window (good) but when I did, I get: “MS project cannot find the. (file name path) Resource Pool.”
So I closed Bigbuy, opened up resource pool (read only) and go back to big buy, open it up (get the open resource pool) click it, still can’t find the resource pool. So I relink it back to the resource pool Tools….share resources window—confirm it’s right, hit OK. Wouldn’t link (didn’t get the Save resource window when I save–and got the error message again when I reopened it.…. I opened the other two projects and got the same results.
When I hit save, the “save resource window does NOT show up…” AND in the Resource Usage view of the mpps all I see is “their” tasks (not the others) (but the Resource pool shows everything) but the numbers don’t add up.
So as of now….
* I can’t relink the projects to the resource pool,
* The Resource Pool shows a number of the BigBuy tasks are duplicated for each resource—but Bob is down to 4 hours in the resource pool…(Hes supposed to be 2, but he has a duplicate….
* There are other issues…….
1. Do you see anything (based on the steps listed above) that I did that was wrong?
2. Are resource pools and linked projects ALWAYS this fragile????
Any assistance you can provide re: relinking the projects to the pool or other direction would be appreciated. I DID NOT MAKE any changes to the mpp once I opened them and found I lost the link (other than “saving” the relink process).
Thanks in advance for your assistance. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!!
Problem: I didn’t know that MS project, in essence, “hard codes” the path linkage among the resource pool and mpps. Here are the rules as I understand them: Once you create a resource pool and subproject links:
Solution: But what if you “have” done one (or more) of these things? (such as copy a folder from another location). This is what I found to help in troubleshooting and fixing these mistakes..
Once I fixed everything, the anomalies disappeared, and the "math worked" just fine….