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Figure 1-3:
This
schedule
includes
tasks with
both timing
and
dependencies.
You can find out more about constraints in Chapter 4 and about the fine art
of managing dependencies in Chapter 6.
Lining up your resources
When people first use Project, some get a bit confused about resources.
Resources aren’t just people: A resource can be a piece of equipment you
rent, a meeting room that you have to pay an hourly fee to use, or a box of
nails or a software program you have to buy.
Project allows for three kinds of resources: work resources, material
resources, and cost resources . A work resource is charged by how many
hours or days the resource (often human) works on a task. A material
resource, such as sewing supplies or steel, is charged by a per-use cost or by
a unit of measurement (such as square yards or linear feet or tons). A cost
resource has a set cost, such as a conference fee of $250; this cost doesn’t
vary by how much time you spend at the conference or how many people
attend.
Some resources, such as people, perform their work according to a working
calendar. If a person works an 8-hour day and you assign him to a task that
takes 24 hours to complete, that person has to put in three workdays to
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