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How do I work with the resource planning?

Add resources to the project planning to gain insight into the resources needed for your project. An overview of the planned resources is then compared to the availability of the resources, and is used for resource allocation.

This article answers the following questions:

What is the goal of the resource planning?

It is not unusual that multiple projects use resources form the same resource pool. The resource planning is a useful tool for organizations that want to gain insight in the available capacity in relation to the required capacity. Project managers can use the resource planning to indicate which resources or skills are needed to execute the project. This can be done per plan item, but also per project phase. When the resource pool manager enters the availability of his resource pool, an overview of the planned capacity in relation to the available capacity is created. This is often the first step in an organization when it comes to resource management. The next steps are actually requesting and allocating the resources.

How do I use the resource planning?

  1. Create a planning in the project planning (or in the resource planning). Note that both tabs make use of the same planning, which means that a change in one means the other is changed as well.
  2. Choose a resource pool to select resources from by clicking Edit resource pools and selecting one or multiple resource pools.
    • The system administrator can assign resource pools to a project. If you are not able to select a resource pool for your project, you can ask the system administrator to do this for you.
  3. Plan resources in the resource planning by clicking the edit/add resources icon next to a plan-item or phase and selecting the resource(s) you want to use. A row is added for the resource and a bar that displays the resource is added to the Gantt.
    • A resource is automatically planned for one hour. Change the number in the resource’s bar to change the number of hours for which a resource planned.
    • Use shift + click to split a bar in two. Instead of the one bar, there are now two shorter bars that can be moved or changed seperately.
    • Use ctrl + click to delete a bar.
Adding resources to a plan-item.
  1. Add columns to the planning to get more insight in the progress of the project. You could think, for example, of displaying the start- and end date of project phases or plan-items, or the duration of a plan-item.
  2. Use the resource allocation tab to actually request resources for your project from the resource pool manager based on the resource planning.
A red dependency

What are important things to keep in mind when using the resource planning?

There are a few things to keep in mind when working with the resource planning:

  • The resource planning uses the project planning as a basis. This means that the project planning created in the project planning tab can also be edited in the resource planning tab. So keep in mind that the project planning is changed when a change is made in the planning in the resource planning.
  • A red dependency indicates there is a scheduling conflict. A scheduling conflict can be solved either by changing the planning manually or by using the dependency button. The dependency button changes the planning such that all scheduling conflicts are solved and all red dependencies turn black.
  • The resource planning does not tell you when you have ‘overplanned’ a resource. Therefore, it could be the case you have planned more hours for resources than available, without the resource planning telling you.

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