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Chapter 9
Assigning Resources
to Get Things Done
In This Chapter
Understanding how assigning resources affects task timing
Making resource assignments
Checking resource availability
Notifying team members of their assignments
Y ou might have entered a cost per hour (or per use) for every
resource in your project, but those resources won’t cost you a
thing — or, for that matter, get anything done — until you assign them
to tasks.
When you do begin making assignments, several interesting things
happen. Not only will your budget start to swell, but also some of your
tasks may actually change duration. You may also start to see evidence
of people who are overbooked on several tasks that happen around the
same time. Understanding how those results occur is key to making
intelligent assignments.
However, your work won’t be over even when everything about your
assignments looks hunky-dory. That’s when you have to communicate the
assignments to your team and make sure that each resource agrees to take them
on. If they don’t, it’s back to the assignment drawing board.
In fact, assigning resources is something of an ongoing process throughout
your project. As usual, Project provides the tools to help you manage this
entire process relatively painlessly.
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