Roger, unfortunately I don’t believe there is anything you can do to a single resource with different availability to two different projects, at least not at the resource level. You might be able to solve this by creating a task calendar on the one project that can only work in the morning. Pros and cons, but hopefully this can help.
Hi Larry, working with a task calendar is indeed a valid possibility in a simple situation, but that wouldn’t work if there is more than 1 resource allocated to that task and that other resource(s) is working on ‘normal’ hours
I don’t use resource pools, so this is just a thought.
What difference does it make if schedule 1 and schedule 2 both think the resource will be used on the same 4 hours…as long as both combined don’t exceed the resource’s total availability. Assuming the resource calendar in the resource pool is 100% availability (8-5 so to speak), try setting the resource task assignments to 50% in the individual project schedules. Theoretically, you should get 4 hours in project 1 and 4 hours in project 2. Like I said, from a schedule perspective, does it really matter if the schedule thinks the work will be done from 8-12 of 1-5? Bottom line, you need four hours of work per day in that schedule.
One possible result could also be that MS Project “stacks” tasks in the same schedule. Meaning Task A at 50% can be done in parallel with Task B at 50% because both combined don’t exceed the 100% Max Units defined in the resource pool for that resource. If that happens try adjusting the resource’s Max Units in the resource pool to 99%.
Its a bit outside the box, but it might work.
Hi Daryl, You have an interesting approach to the situation. Indeed most of the time the exact hours on which a resource is assigned to a task are not that important. But if work assignment reports are mailed to team members it might confuse them a bit, if they read that they should be present on site A in the morning in some city when they are supposed to be there that same day in the afternoon.