Understanding the Impact of Resources in the Project Plan

Resources carry out the work of your project. However, with your tasks defined and scheduled, why is it necessary to actually specify resources in your project plan? You could just print the schedule and tell people which tasks they're responsible for: Here are your due dates; now go make them happen.

This procedure might seem like a simple way of managing a project, but if you do it this way, you'll miss out on the tremendous scheduling, tracking, and communication capabilities provided by Microsoft Office Project 2003. By adding resources to your project, you can do the following:

• Increase the accuracy of your schedule. In addition to scheduling according to the project calendar, durations, task dependencies, and constraints, when you assign resources, Project 2003 adds the working times and availability of your resources into the scheduling calculations.

• Know ahead of time whether any resources are overloaded with too much work in the allotted time. You can also see whether anyone is underallocated and shift responsibilities accordingly as you refine your schedule. Later, when work is being done and you're getting progress information on each task, you can find bottlenecks or any new overal-locations or underallocations due to shifts in the schedule.

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