I have a MS Project task to which I want to assign both dayshift and nightshift resources.
The project has a 24hr calender, the dayshift resource have a 6a-6p calendar, and nights use a 6p-6a calendar. The resources are not equally staffed as there are 6 workers on days and 2 workers on nights. I am using fixed work, auto-scheduled tasks.
This issue is when I assign resources, project equally devides the work between resources even though they are unequally staffed. i.e. a 100mn-hrs (work) task is divided such that the day crew and the night crew must each accomplish 50mn-hrs.The Resource Usage page shows the 6-man day crew finishing 50hours of work on the first shift and never coming back. The 2 night shift guys then spend the next 2-1/2 shifts doing their 50hours. The task gets done faster if I only use the dayshift crew - which isn't correct.
Like any project manager, I want the task to be completed as soon as possible. How do I set up this task correctly to have Project utilize the shifts to their maximum capacity?
Not sure how you have the resource assigned. Do you have the max units set correctly for each group of resources? Are 600% of the day shift and 200% of the night shift assigned? If I have an autoscheduled Effort Driven task and assign 600% of the Day shift and enter the 100 hours of work, the task duration is 2.08 days with 48 hours on day 1 and day 2 and then 4 hours on day 3. If I then assign 200% of the night shift, the night shift gets 25 of the 100 hours of work (25% based upon 2 out of a total of 8 resources) working. The task duration drops to 1.56 days.