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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...

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...

Is MS Project’s Leveling Optimal?

The objective of resource leveling is to minimize schedule length while honoring precedence relationships and resource constraints. If we know what a schedule’s optimal leveled length is, we can compa...

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...

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 resourc...

Finding Resource Critical Paths and Eliminating Phantom Float

  The schedule in the figure above was leveled in Project using the standard leveling order. Even though it appears to be discontinuous, the critical path is correct. It takes into account the le...

A Resource Leveled and Smoothed Schedule

  In the figure above, a schedule was resource leveled using Project (left Gantt chart). It was resource smoothed using Excel (right Gantt chart). Both results are resource-feasible, but the sche...

Assigning Resources with Different Working Schedules

An interesting question about resource calendars in the Project Standard and Professional user forum prompted me to write this blog post article. After using Microsoft Project for over 21 years, one o...