Mar 14 2022 08:24 AM
Mar 14 2022 08:24 AM
I just don't see why Project would assign the 3rd resource as 50%? I use Project 2019 but it's the same in Project 2013. Standard file, no edits in Kalenders or so. Work and Peak values are fine. I am fairly experienced using Project, but can't see this logic. Anyone please?
Mar 14 2022 11:28 AM
Mar 14 2022 01:35 PM - edited Mar 14 2022 08:09 PM
For multiple resource assignments on a fixed duration, effort driven task, Project will initially equally spread the 3 assignments, so for each of the 3 assigned resources, that's 33% each. After all assignments are made then you can then edit individual assignment levels.
Mar 15 2022 02:15 AM
Thanks for the reply, John.
You are exactly right. Looking at the Peak column and work, it works ok. But I don't get why Project assigns the 3rd person only at 50% while I would expect another 100% also. Normal work resource, no max units edit.
I actually train people in Project and get this question sometimes and I would like to be able to explain this.
Mar 15 2022 02:21 AM
Mar 15 2022 09:26 AM - edited Mar 15 2022 09:32 AMSolution
This "phenomenon" occurs when effort driven is checked (default) for a fixed duration task. The effort driven strives to keep the work content constant and you can see that in the Task Usage view as you assign each of the 3 resources consecutively.
Here's the interesting part. Instead of 3 resources, consecutively assign 4 resources at 100% to the task. As each resources is assigned you will see the Assignment Units replicate the previous resource's units while the Peak adjusts to maintain the constant work value. So for the second assignment, the assignment units is still 100% but the Peak reduces to 50%. Then when the third resource is assigned, the assignment units takes on the peak unit value from the first two assignments (i.e. 50%) and the peak now readjusts to be equal for all 3 assignments (i.e. 33%). If you assign a fourth resource, the assignment units takes on the previous peak (i.e. 33%) and the peak now readjusts to spread the original work content over 4 resources so it shows 25%.
Is this a good enough explanation for your "students"? Don't know, but it might make their heads spin a bit :)
I do recall there was a change to the way peak units are calculated, circa Project 2010 or Project 2013 (I think), but I don't remember the details. Whether that has anything to do with this issue, I don't know.
Mar 16 2022 02:18 AM
Mar 16 2022 08:17 AM - edited Mar 16 2022 09:26 AM
You're welcome and thanks for the feedback. To be honest, working with Project often makes my head spin also.
Perhaps the change in the way assigned units and peak units are treated is in play here. The peak is being calculated to maintain the work value while the assignment units is "playing catch-up" as additional resources are added.
Mar 16 2022 11:25 AM
Mar 16 2022 12:58 PM
Mar 16 2022 02:09 PM
Mar 17 2022 12:21 AM
Hi Dale, John,
Many thanks for the additional explanation.
I clearly remember my first Project 2010 version training and explaining Tasktypes. Suddenly there was a different logic and I just stared at the screen, lost :)
This was my very first question at the techcommunity, and it still amazes me the help and worldwide contacts easily available. Thanks!