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Hour 19. Working with Multiple Projects > Sharing Resources Among Projects with...

Sharing Resources Among Projects with a Resource Pool

A small company or single department might have only one ongoing project that commands all available resources. The Engineering staff could be dedicated to a new product development with the Marketing department focused on selling the new product when it becomes available. It's more likely, however, that even within a single department, there will be several projects in progress or under consideration. Engineering could be developing more than one new product, or different phases of a single product development might be managed by separate project leaders. In this case, several projects in Engineering might require work by the same engineering personnel. This requirement creates a need to manage a list, or pool, of resources.

Project allows you to create a resource pool of all available employees, equipment, or contractors, and maintain the pool separately from individual project files. An individual project file then points to this pool as its source of resources, instead of creating a list of resources within each individual file. With all shared files pointing to the pool, project managers can look across the ongoing projects to make resource assignments and correct allocation problems.


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