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Topic: Resource Management

Understanding and Using Cost Rate Tables

Background Information While you perform resource planning in your projects by adding resources to your project team in the Resource Sheet view, you may need to enter basic and custom cost information...

The Close Sibling of Communications and Stakeholder Management: Resource Management

In one of my earlier articles, The Twins–Communications and Stakeholder Management, I outlined how deeply and closely these two knowledge areas of the PMBOK® guide interact with each other. We saw a g...

Delay the Start of Resource Work on a Task

A Problem and a Solution Several months ago, there was an interesting question in the Project Standard and Professional user forum on the Internet. The user who posted the question had the following s...

Understanding the Meaning of Scheduling Ignores Resource Calendars

Background Information In Microsoft Project, you can completely override the schedule of any task by assigning a Task calendar to the task. Common needs for using a Task calendar might include the fol...

Drag and Drop Tasks from One Resource to Another

Dragging and Dropping Tasks Many Microsoft Project users probably know that you can move tasks in any task view, such as the Gantt Chart view, by “dragging and dropping” the tasks. To drag and drop a ...

Project Resource Management Tools and Techniques

“Time is the most precious resource there is — you have to protect it.” – Jesse Itzler Most project managers are aware that time is our most precious resource, particularly as the clock of deadl...

MS Project Leveling Performance

In my recent “Is MS Project’s Leveling Optimal?” article, I covered the fact that MS Project may not produce optimally leveled schedules in terms of schedule length. The analysis showed us how well Pr...

How Optimal is Your Leveling?

For the project manager, the objective of resource leveling is to minimize the length of the resource-feasible schedule. For the computer scientist, the objective is to write code that will find a res...

A Beginner’s Guide to Resource Leveling in MS Project

How would you feel about someone else doing a job for you and not charging you a penny? I am sure we’ve all had moments when this would sound pretty good, but what if this person botched up the job or...