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Unformatted text preview: rson in the resource pool who is Figure 7-9. Resource sheet showing labor pools. Page 195 available to work on any task 100% percent of his or her time. If, for instance, there are three laborers in the labor pool that are available to work on project tasks 100% of their time and three other laborers in the pool that are each available 50% of their time, this is specified to Project by entering 450% in the Max. Units column for the resource pool. Project has also automatically added ''Standard" in the Base Calendar column of each resource pool. Project supports defining individual working time calendars, as mentioned in the last section, for each different resource pool. Project provides a default working time calendar called the Standard working time calendar. We will not take time to explain how to define different working time calendars for individual resource pools. How to do so is explained in Chapter 7 of the Project User's Guide . On our example project, for simplicity we will use the default Standard working time calendar for all our resource pools. It is of interest to know what periods of time the default working time calendar is assumed to cover. The default Standard working time calendar assumes that resources that utilize this calendar are available on weekdays but unavailable on weekends and that they are available from 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. with a break from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. If you define a different working time calendar, you do so by modifying the default working time calendar. You will also notice that Project automatically assigns zero dollar amounts for labor-hour rates and overtime rates, or cost per usage rates for the resource pool. Project can do some simple cost accumulations for planning purposes, but they are usually inadequate for the type of detailed cost estimating discussed in Chapter 2 of this book. Therefore we will not devote time to discussing this capability. The interested reader can pursue this topic in Chapter 9 of the Project User's Guide . What is of interest to us is how to define the relationship between tasks and resource pools. To assign a resource pool to a task, click on the Gantt Chart icon on the left side of the Project window. Then, select the task you want to assign a resource Page 196 pool to by clicking on the Task Name field in the Task Name column for the task. If you have the standard toolbar enabled, you can click on the Assign Resource icon, which looks like two small heads of two different persons. If not, click on the Tools control button at the top of the Project window. A pull-down menu will appear. Click on the Resources selection, and another pull-down menu will appear. Click on the Assign Resources selection, and an Assign Resources window that looks like Figure 7- 10 will appear. Next, select the resource pool by clicking on the appropriate resource pool in the Name column of the Assign Resources form. If more than one unit of the resource pool is to be assigned to a task (e.g., if more than one person from a labor pool is to be...
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