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 03 February 2010 10:03 AM
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amillar

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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?

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Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMI

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 03 February 2010 10:29 AM
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ANFierman

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Hi Andy,

You could have a read of the wiki for Open WorkBench here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Workbench
This contains phrases that seem to suggests that it does work t'other way round from M$ Project. Here's the 4th paragraph down:

"There are a few differences between Open Workbench and Microsoft Project. Chief among them is that Open Workbench schedules based on effort whereas MS Project schedules based on duration. In other words, in an Open Workbench plan task schedule is driven by the number of hours each resource will work per week to cover the total number of hours required for the tasks; whereas Microsoft Project does the reverse by generating estimates for the resources based on the task duration rather than their work availability. For this reason, resource leveling is also different: Open Workbench will do it based on resource availability whereas MS Project will do it based on the next available block of time that fits the task."

Window$ only but seems to run on Linux using WINE:

http://appdb.winehq.org/object...ass=version&iId=13138


Another one is Taskjuggler:

http://www.taskjuggler.org/

Power tool which I think will allow you to do planning which ever way you like but it's a bit of a beast. Documentation looks good though.

Primarily Linux but can be run on Window$.

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Andy Fierman

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 03 February 2010 11:17 AM
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amillar

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Many thanks Andy! I'll have a look at these.

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Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMI

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