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Reviewing the Essential Components of Work Resource Assignments

When a work resource is assigned to work on a task (in other words, to spend time or effort on the task), Microsoft Project initially schedules work for the resource in specific time periods, based on several controlling factors that are outlined in the discussion that follows. Note that material resources do not “work,” and therefore this discussion is about scheduling work resources. We will deal with material resources in the section “Assigning Material Resource Units.”

Before you assign resources to it, a task already has scheduled dates that are derived from the factors discussed in Chapter 6, “Entering Scheduling Requirements.” These include the defined project start date (or finish date), the task's duration, its links to other tasks, and any date constraint that might be imposed on it. There can also be task splits and/or a task calendar attached to the task. Figure 9.1 shows a project schedule before resources are assigned to the tasks and it incorporates the scheduling factors listed previously.


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