Resource

The resources of a project can be human or material Resource availability is defined by assigning it to a project.

create a resource

Details area of the resources screen

Description zone

Description zone

Description field for creating a resource

Required fields Required File legend

Field

Description

Id

Unique Id for the resource.

Photo

Photo of the resource.

Required File Real name

Name of the resource.

Required File Users name

Name of user.

Initials

Initials of the resource.

Email address

Email address of the resource

Capacity (FTE)

Capacity of the resource in Full Time Equivalent.

Max daily work

Maximun daily work for the resource.

Max weekly work

Maximun weekly work for the resource.

Required File Calendars

Calendar defines the availability of the resource.

Required File Profile

Default profile of the user.

Organization

The organization to which the resource is attached

Team

The team to which the resource belongs.

Phone

Phone number of the resource.

Mobile

Mobile phone number of the resource.

Fax

Fax number of the resource.

Entry date

Date to which the resource arrived The start and end dates are taking into account in planning and reports

Is a contact

Is this resource also a contact? if the resource is created from a contact, the function entered is retrieved on the resource screen

Is a user

Is this resource also a user?

Is an employee

used for the humans resources module

is a student

The resource is a student

is outsourced

The resource is an outsourced

is manager of leaves

Allow absence management. Used for the humans resources

Closed

Flag to indicate that the resource is archived.

Description

Complete description of the resource.

Full Time Equivalent

FTE stands for “full-time equivalent”. This is the number of hours worked by a single employee in a day.

  • 1 FTE (full time equivalent)

  • < 1 for part time working resource or variations of capacity

  • > 1 for virtual resources or teams, pool of ressource or variations of capacity

Note

If you want a resource pool of three people, the FTE capacity must be set to 3

Max work

  • You can set a maximum value beyond which no charge can be entered.

  • For example, being able to define that a user cannot enter more than 12 hours per day.

  • You can set a limit per day and a limit per week.

  • The resource will not be able to enter more than the number of hours authorized on its timesheets.

See: Real work entry

Field is a contact

  • Check this if the resource must also be a Contacts.

  • The resource will then also appear in the “Contacts” list.

Field is a user

  • Check this if the resource must connect to the application.

  • You must then define the User name and Profile fields.

  • The resource will then also appear in the Users list.

Field is a employee

  • Check this box if the resource needs to be linked to the human resources module.

  • The resource will then also appear in the Environmental parameters list.

Allocations to projects

This Zone allows to allocated the ressources to the project.

  • Click on Add to allocate a new resource to the project.

  • Click on Button edit to update an existing resource cost.

  • Click on Delete to delete the resource cost.

Resource allocation

Resource assigned to the project

Variations in resource capacity

You can record dates (start and end) to indicate that the capacity (FTE) of your resource will vary during this period.

This allows you to reserve and enter additional working time (overtime) or to withdraw hours at standard capacity (recovery).

The resource will then enter its imputations, the exact value of its variable capacity for the given period. 1 + XX hours for the status of the day to go green

The surcapacity of a resource is directly visible on the Gantt chart.

A thin red stripe overcomes the resource work allocation bars and you will find the exact capacity added at the end of the resource detail.

Variations in resource capacity

Variations in the capacity

Managment of surbooking periods

Surbooking in planning allows you to add extra work time on the standard capabilities of your resources to plan more projects that you will not process.

You can also subtract this work time to not plan the full availability of resources.

The resource will continue to report their charges normally, with no extra or reduced work time, to change the status of their day to green.

Variations in resource capacity

Variations in the capacity

Warning

variable capacity and overbooking do not behave in the same way.

Variable capacity will be more used to control and record periods of actual overtime and the behavior of imputations will be adapted to this ability.

overbooking is a way of planning in the future without interacting with the behavior of the working time of the resources

Function and cost zone

This section allows to define functions and cost of the resource.

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Function and Cost

Function and cost zone

Main function

  • The main function allows you to enter the default functions that will be used in the assignments of the activities.

  • A resource can have several functions and different costs depending on the function.

  • A cost is proposed by default if you have entered the costs in the list of values - Functions.

  • This cost can be modified at any time from the function table of the resource screen, or with the resource Update resource cost

Resource cost definition

  • Allows to define the daily cost according to the functions of the resource.

  • The daily cost can be defined for a specific period.

Function and cost section fields

Field

Description

Function

Function of the resource for the selected cost.

Cost

Daily cost of the resource for the selected function.

Start date

Start date for the cost of the resource, for the selected function.

End date

End date for the cost of the resource, for the selected function.

Resource cost management

  • Click on Add to create a new resource cost.

  • Click on Button edit to update an existing resource cost.

  • Click on Delete to delete the resource cost.

Resource cost dialog box

Resource cost dialog box

Resource cost dialog box fields

Field

Description

Function

Function to be selected.

Cost

Daily cost of the resource for the selected function.

Start date

Start date for the cost of the resource, for the selected function.

Miscellanous section fields

Field

Description

Don’t receive team mails

Box checked indicating that the resource doesn’t want to receive mails sent to the team.

Incompatible resources

Assignment with incompatible resource

Assignment with incompatible resource

Two resources A and B are incompatible.

If A is scheduled at a given time, B can not be scheduled on the same day as for a load less than or equal to the remaining availability of To date,

that is, the minimum of [capacity of the resource-load already planned] for each incompatible resource and reciprocally with the relation is bijective.

Support resources

Assignment with incompatible resource

Assignment with incompatible resource

If resource B is the resource resource of resource A, if A and planned at a given moment, B must also be automatically planned pro-rata indicated as employment rate in the definition of the support resource.

If A’s support resource B is not available (in part or in full), we plan for A only the part that is available taking into account the employment rate.

The display of the scheduled load for the support resource, although it is not assigned to the activity, is visible on the detail of a right-click Gantt bar.

Others

Allocated asset

Allocated asset

Allocated asset

This section allows you to view all the equipment connected to the resource in the form of a simple table.

Each line of equipment is clickable and directs to the element screen.

See: Asset Management

Pool of Resources

A pool is a group of resources that can work as any of the assigned resources.

Pool of resources screen

Pool of resources screen

The use cases for a resource pool can be many :

  • When you have a group of resources that may work on same tasks, but you don’t know in advance who will work. For instance a maintenance team that may work on maintenance tasks and other project tasks.

  • For macro planning.

  • Define a poll for each group of resources (depending for instance on competencies).

  • On first step, assign fake resources to the pools, and plan your project with the pools : you get a first draft of your project, even before knowing who will work on the project, and without needing to go to a very detailed level of tasks (it’s macro planning, you just have macro tasks).

  • Then when you know who will work on the project : just replace the fake resource with real resources : you immediately get a realistic planning taking into account availability of real resources already booked on other projects. It’s still a macro planning, but realistic.

  • Then you can draw you detailed planning, just adding sub-activities to your macro tasks, and assigning real resources to the lowest level activities : when you add assigned work, it is automatically subtracted from assigned work on the pool on the macro task, and golbal assigned work on the project is constant.

Planning

Assignment pool of resources sectino
  • You assign resources to the pool at a given rate for a given period.

  • A pool can be allocated to projects like any resource.

  • A pool can be assigned to activities like resources. The difference is that when you assign a pool, you don’t specify the rate but the FTE (Full Time Equivalent) assigned to the activity. It means the number of resources that can work at the same time on the activity.

  • A pool does not have a specific capacity. Its maximum capacity is calculated from the capacity and the rate of the resources composing it.

  • When planning a pool, availability of unitary resources already booked on other tasks is taken into account.

  • When planning an unitary resource, availability already booked through the pool on other tasks is also taken into account (globally for all the resources of the pool).

Rate and FTE

A resource cannot be assigned on pools for more than 100% on a given period.

A resource, if assigned on 2 pools. It is the fraction of the FTE of the resource.

A resource with an ETP of 1, if assigned 50% on a pool, will only be scheduled at a maximum of 0.5 per day.

A 20% resource will only be scheduled up to 0.2 of its FTE per day…

Automatic decrement for assigned work

  • When you assign a pool to an activity, and then assign a resource of the pool to the same activity, then assigned work on the resource is automatically subtracted from assignment of the pool.

  • The same way, when you assign a pool to an activity, and then assign a resource of the pool to a sub-activity of this activity, then assigned work on the resource is automatically subtracted from assignment of the pool.

  • When you assign a pool to an activity, and then assign the same pool to a sub-activity of this activity, then assigned work on the pool on the sub-activity is automatically subtracted from assignment of the pool on the parent activity.

  • When deleting an assignment, the remaining job is reassigned within the pool.

Important

Limits of a pool of resources

A pool can not be a user and does not have a profile as it may not connect to the application.

A pool can not be a contact

A pool cannot be the responsible of an item

A pool can not be a user and does not have a profile as it may not connect to the application.

You can choose how the pool and its resources can be allocated and assigned. See: Pool of resource allocation

Aggregated resource

The aggregated resource allows you to choose a single resource from a resource pool.

When you assign a resource pool to an activity, a check box appears: single resource.

If you select single resource then you will have no FTE capacity to fill in but a busy rate on the activity.

Check the box and confirm to close the pop up.

Allocate the resource pool to the activity

When the pool is allocate, the pool icon appears on the board.

If you chose the unique resource then the 1 number will be displayed on the icon.

Similarly, the function of the resource chosen from the pool is indicated in brackets.

Pool allocation

Click on Button edit to edit the allocation.

The pop up opens again and this time you have the summary table showing you the resources of your pool

and the dates each resource can or should finish the activity.

You must fill in the activity load to see the end dates of the pool resources.

Otherwise the message ‘not planned work’ appears instead of the dates.

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Choose the appropriate resource by selecting the corresponding line and confirm.

Basic, ProjeQtOr will automatically select the fastest resource to complete the task.

The selected resource will then be the only one to be planned on this activity from the pool.

Teams

The team is a group of resources gathered on any criteria.

A resource can belong to only one team.

Team members

List of the resources members of the team.

Team members section

Team members section

  • Click on Add to add one or more members to the team

  • Use button icon search in the pop-up window to search for specific resources

  • Click on Delete to delete the member to the team

Material resources

It is possible to create a resource that is “material” so that it can be reserved with work. But this work will not add to the project. On the other hand, if this resource has a cost, it is added.

This material resource will be able to be planned just like a human resource with a capacity (ETP) of 1 that you will not be able to modify.

The human, overcapacity and overbooking fields are not available for this type of resource.

However, a hardware resource can have a supporting but unsupported resource or an incompatible resource. For example a trailer could support a truck. Or an automatic car may be incompatible with a resource that does not know how to drive this type of car.

A hardware resource cannot be part of a resource pool. Exclusively human.

Calendars

This tool allows to define calendars.

calendar
  • It allows to define exceptions to the default definition.

  • In default definition, week days are days work and weekend days are days off.

  • You can change the standard calendar or create other calendars by allowing any day of the week to be a holiday

Note

Exceptions can be defined for the current year and the next years.

Default calendar

A calendar named “default” is already defined. Days off defined in this calendar is displayed in Gantt, real work allocation and diary. By default, weekend days are indicated as non-working days and cannot be unchecked via calendars. You must go to global settings > work time section > Open day and select your choice (on or off) in the drop-down list opposite the day. The default calendar cannot be deleted.

A specific calendar can be created to define days off and work to a particular resource.

  • It is possible to import exceptions definition of a calendar in another.

  • You can also import the public holiday

  • Existing exceptions of current calendar are not changed.

Note

  • The calendars are not linked.

  • You have to re import the definition to apply changes.

Bank Of OFF Days

Holiday bank definition that can be easily added each year.

Bank OFF days

Click on Add to create a public Holiday

Bank OFF days

Bank OFF days

A Pop Up open and you can defined the Off day

Week days off

  • By default, Saturday and Sunday are non-working days

  • Check the boxes corresponding to non-working days if the default settings do not suit the structure of your company

Year

  • Select the calendar year to create.

Year field

  • Create the calendar from the specified year with all the features of the calendar called.

Button Import this year from calendar

  • Copy exceptions of the selected year of the selected calendar into current calendar.

Calendar days

A calendar of selected year is displayed to give a global overview of the exceptions existing.

  • In white: days work.

  • In gray: days off.

  • In red: exception days work.

  • In blue: exception days off.

  • In bold: current day.

Just click on one day in the calendar to switch between off and work day.

Calendar on project

This calendar is not cumulative with resource calendars and it does not have priority.

the schedule attached to the project is ideal when managing by duration and to be operated on activities without assigned workload.

If the workload exists over a period where the project calendar indicates unavailability, but the resource’s calendar has a calendar that indicates availability, then this resource will indeed be planned.