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Hour 10. Understanding Resource Scheduli... > Assigning Multiple Resources to a Ta...

Assigning Multiple Resources to a Task

Assigning multiple resources to a task means listing multiple resource names in the task assignment. It is similar to, but a little different from, merely increasing the assigned units for a resource. In the previous examples, when we increased the Units assigned for one resource, we saw that unless it's a fixed duration task, Project adjusts the task Duration and keeps the Work the same: Increasing the Units allows Project to shorten the Duration. That's also the default behavior when you increase the units by adding another resource name and its associated Units to the assignment: Project keeps the work or "effort" for the task constant and adjusts the task duration. In essence, some of the work is shouldered by the new resource, allowing the previously assigned resource(s) to do less work. We say that the calculation is driven by (determined by) the constant work or effort, and we call such tasks Effort Driven.

Effort Driven Task An Effort Driven task is assumed to have a fixed amount of work to be done, and changing the number of resources assigned to the task causes the scheduled work for all resources to be reapportioned—usually with an impact on task duration.


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