A COMPUTEREASE Tip!
As a thank you for visiting our world wide site, we hope
to leave you with a handy tip. We will periodically
post a new tip, about once a month or faster. So if the one below is not applicable
to your software, be sure to drop by soon.
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Microsoft Project Version 4.0 for Windows or the Macintosh
Since Project cannot automatically handle variant costs for
a resource, you must do it manually. It gets complicated when a
task is being performed by a resource and their rate changes
part-way through the task.
Well, was it worth it?
- Enter resource with initial rate; include an appropriate
description in name,
e.g. "Bob (pre-raise)".
- Copy resource row in Resource Sheet view, change
name, e.g. "Bob (after raise)", and set upcoming rate.
- In Gantt view, enter a milestone task called "Bob's rate change."
Ideally, this should near the task, maybe immediately above or below it,
that the resource will be working on when the rate will change.
- Set date constraint for this task to Must Start On and enter
date the resource's rate changes.
- Divide the long task into two, "part A"
and "part B.", and divide the duration between the two.
Assign the "pre-raise" resource to the A task, "after raise" to
the B. Ensure there exists a FS relationship between tasks.
- Hard part: during project implementation, adjust the two tasks
durations, as necessary, to "straddle" the milestone.
And, remember, never let a computer know you're in a hurry...
Last updated: 29 January 1996
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