Resource Leveling Using MS Project
Multi-tasking has become the industry standard for most of us, and the days of performing just one task at a time have long passed. If a resource is allocated to multiple tasks at the same time, they might appear as over-allocated. An over allocation solution offered by Microsoft Project is resource leveling: A load balancing technique that allows MS Project to alter the start/finish dates so that the resources will be able to complete all their tasks during the available business hours.
There are 3 ways to initiate resource-leveling –
- Automatic - Each time that MS Project recognizes that any resource is over-allocated the leveling process will occur automatically.
- Manual- The leveling will occur once the Microsoft Project user clicks on the “Level All” button. The user has control over the changes that occur following a leveling and can track and analyze the implications of it.
- Manual Resource by Resource- This option is similar to the manual one and has the same advantages and disadvantages, but the difference is that the user initiates the leveling one resource at a time.