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Max Units

Use this field to tell Microsoft Project the maximum number of units of the resource that are available for assignment to tasks. Project uses the Max Units field to determine when a resource has been overallocated. Because you can assign resources to multiple tasks, it's possible to assign the same resource to tasks that wind up being scheduled at the same or overlapping times. If the sum of a resource's assignments to all tasks at a given moment exceeds the entry in the Max Units field, Project alerts you that the resource is overallocated.

You will see in the next hour that when assigning work resources to tasks, the default format for the units assigned is the percentage format. Consequently, the default format for the Max Units field is also a percentage. For example, when you assign an individual person to a task, the default assignment units are 100 percent, which means the person will put 100 percent of his or her working hours into that task for the duration of the task. If that person were assigned to work only half-time on the task, the assignment units would be 50 percent. The maximum percentage that could be allocated for a single person would be 100 percent, so the entry in the Max Units field for that resource would be 100 percent.


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