Project Management
with Microsoft Project

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How to manage the project resources

You will need people to accomplish all those tasks that you've identified in the previous section. Those people are resources that you have to manage well in order to achieve the project's objectives.

You may also need some material resources - equipment, supplies, specialized environments - that you will have to schedule and pay for.

You can easily include the management of resources in MS Project along with the tasks because, after all, the resources are essential to the accomplishment of the tasks in the first place.

You must start by identifying the resources available along with their costs.

Resource costs will be multiplied by duration to calculate project costs.

You have to open the Resource sheet to specify the projet resources and costs.

To track costs, you insert a Cost column next to the Resources column.

When you assign the resources to each task, the costs will be calculated an displayed.

You assign resources, people or material, to each of the tasks.

A task may have several resources.

That completes this rather quick tutorial on Microsoft Project.

Of course, there are many, many other things that MS Project can do. We have barely scratched the surface.

For example, we have assumed so far that everything will proceed as planned. But what if it doesn't?

There are many functions to help you deal with delays, cost overruns, etc. You can learn how to schedule overtime, split or overlap tasks and on and on ...

For more information on MS Project and some great sample assignments, visit: Microsoft Project tutorial


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