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Resource Leveling: How Can You Use it in Project Management?

A person inexperienced in project management may think that resource leveling is a method of making use of resources having the same height. Most experienced project managers know that it is a resource optimization technique which tries to make the best use of available resources to create a workable project schedule. Resource leveling is often…

Resource Leveling: The Complete Series, Part 2

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Join MPUG author Daryl Deffler as he continues the journey through his latest series of articles on Resource Leveling. Slide Deck: MPUG Project 2013 Resource Leveling Part II Watch Part One Read…

Resource Leveling: It’s Time to Level Your Schedule

You’ve hit that magical point. Your knees are weak, you’re nervous and your palms are sweating. Yes, it’s time to level your schedule. But there’s different leveling buttons and beyond that there are also leveling controls. Which options should be set? Which leveling button should be used? The answers to those questions depend upon what…

Resource Leveling: Limitations

In prior articles I’ve reviewed how leveling determines which task to delay and the techniques Microsoft Project can use to resolve those allocations. In this article you learn about additional resource leveling limitations. Contrary to what you might think, leveling doesn’t always resolve every overallocation. I know, it’s hard to believe, isn’t it? Prior articles…

Resource Leveling: Understanding Split Task Options

Simply defined, the word “split” means “to break apart.” There are many types of splits in the world, ranging from banana splits to stock splits. And not to be left behind, Microsoft Project allows tasks to be split. But what does “split” mean within the context of resource leveling and what actually happens when Project…

Resource Leveling: Resolution Options

In prior articles, we’ve talked about two of the three resource leveling components. The first component, leveling mechanics, defines what will be leveled and when leveling will occur. The second component, leveling hierarchy is a decision tree for defining the tie-breaker aspects of leveling. In other words, it determines which task stays put and which…

Resource Leveling: Leveling Mechanics

Resource leveling is comprised of three components, and you need knowledge of all three to understand leveling in Microsoft Project. Leveling mechanics define the “what” and “when” aspects of leveling. Leveling hierarchy defines the tiebreaker aspects of leveling — which task wins (stays put) and which one loses (has to move). Resolution options define “how”…

Resource Leveling: Scheduling vs. Leveling

“Don’t click the level button — it messes up your schedule.” How many times have you said this or heard it? If I had a nickel for each time I’ve heard this over the course of 25-plus years, well, let’s just say I’d be a wee bit closer to a comfortable retirement. There’s a truth…

Resource Management: Maintain a Balanced Team

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Leadership category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Are your Project team resources working on more than one project? Is their workload being managed? Are they over allocated? For a project to be successful (and to keep resources…

Finally: The Resource Leveling Feature Explained!

Project Management Institute (PMI)® Professional Development Units (PDUs): This Webinar is eligible for 1 PMI® PDU in the Technical category of the Talent Triangle. Event Description: Friend or foe? A bug? The magic button? A huge pain? Or simply – the best feature you can not live without! Whatever your feelings are regarding resource leveling, there are…

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