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Resource Analysis in PS2010 RRS feed

  • Question

  • All,

    Have a question on how the Resource Analysis in PS2010 Works. Consider the scenario below:

    1. I have 5 Developers, for which I create a Generic Resource and assign the maximum units at 500% (to say 5 FTEs) and also assign it to a 'Role' of a 'developer'
    2. I also assign the 5 named resources who are developers to the 'Role'  Developer.
    3. I assign the Generic Resource 'Developer' to my project tasks spanning for next 3 months.
    4. Run the Portfolio Analysis.

    So, when doing the Portfolio/Resource Analysis, does the overall capacity become 10 FTEs, against which the Project Resource Requirement is evaluated?

    If yes, then it is misrepresenting the truth..How else can we model this scenario?


    Prasanna Adavi, PMP, MCTS Blog: http://thinkepm.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 7:21 PM

Answers

  • So, yes, I would say this is acurate, because during your planning phase have defined 10 full time people..  Ie (5 real people and 5 generic people).

    Also, behind the scenes, until the generic resource is reassigned to a real person, project server uses the project manager as the generic.  So PM billing rate and general information is used for analysis.  To verify this, look at your resource load (PM load) when you finish planning.  You will see that the generic resource load has been added to your load.

    Cheers!


    Michael Wharton, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    www.WhartonComputer.com
    • Marked as answer by epmXperts Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:02 AM
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:32 PM

All replies

  • I still mean to confirm this personally, but I am told in 2010 that generic
    resources do not count towards resource capacity.
     
     

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:26 PM
  • So, yes, I would say this is acurate, because during your planning phase have defined 10 full time people..  Ie (5 real people and 5 generic people).

    Also, behind the scenes, until the generic resource is reassigned to a real person, project server uses the project manager as the generic.  So PM billing rate and general information is used for analysis.  To verify this, look at your resource load (PM load) when you finish planning.  You will see that the generic resource load has been added to your load.

    Cheers!


    Michael Wharton, MBA, PMP, MCT, MCSD, MCSE+I, MCDBA
    www.WhartonComputer.com
    • Marked as answer by epmXperts Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:02 AM
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:32 PM
  • Thanks guys..I also agree that not counting the generic resources towards capacity makes more sense; then we are really evaluating the demand against 'real' left-over capacity.

    Will run a test and post my results back..


    Prasanna Adavi, PMP, MCTS Blog: http://thinkepm.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:47 PM
  • There Microsoft goes adding a new feature and forgetting to send me a memo.  I was looking at resources in PWA today and saw the Use as Placeholder feature.  A quick search yielded the following article which I think answers your question:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/project-server-help/create-resources-to-represent-capacity-HA101865477.aspx


    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Thursday, June 9, 2011 3:13 AM
  • Thanks Andrew. I did look at this article before, but my understanding about this was that, we create these resources and/or the 'Use as Placeholder ' flag just to do reporting.

    I did not think this was being somehow used in Portfolio Analysis...May be I am missing something?

     


    Prasanna Adavi, PMP, MCTS Blog: http://thinkepm.blogspot.com
    Thursday, June 9, 2011 9:38 AM