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complete the task. In comparison, someone with a 12-hour workday takes
only two days to complete the same task. In addition, you can set working
and nonworking days for your human resources, which accommodates
variations such as 4-day weeks or shift work.
You can set different rates for resources, such as a standard hourly rate and an
overtime rate. Project applies the appropriate rate based on each resource’s
calendar and work assigned. For more about resources and costs, see Chapter 7.
Several views in Project let you see information about resources and how
their assignment to tasks has an effect on project costs. Figure 1-4 shows you
the Resource sheet which has columns of information about resources and
their costs.
Here’s one other important thing you should know about resources: They
tend to have conflicts. No, I’m not talking about conference room brawls
(although that happens). These conflicts have to do with assigned resources
that become overallocated for their available work time. For example, if you
assign one poor soul to three 8-hour tasks that must all happen on the same
day — and in the same eight hours — Project has features that do everything
but jump up on your desk and turn on an alarm to warn you of the conflict.
(Luckily, Project also provides tools that help you resolve those conflicts.)
Figure 1-4:
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