Does anybody know of any planning tools that work well for allocating work amongst a fixed number of resources rather than the other way around?
Basically we are trying to manage a very tight resource, and when we get a new job in I want some software that will easily show me how much time each resource has free and lets me allocate the work across those resources, the output being the total duration for the job. If any resource must be reallocated to a different job I will want to see the effects on all the work they were planned to do.
We currently use MS Project which does not seem to lend itself to working this way round (being basically task driven rather than resource driven) - although I'm happy to be told that I'm missing something here! In the past I have used Primavera which was better for this, but is over-complex for the scale of projects I am considering.
Hope that makes sense - any thoughts?
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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