We need to be able to plan resources within project for the web and the ability to get an overview over all projects in our portfolio including a view if someone is overbooked etc.
This is something we’re thinking about – but we’d love more feedback from you.
Can you share specific scenarios that you need for resourcing? What information do you need to be successful? What actions do you take as a result of this information?
Please share detailed scenarios for us to understand what you need, this will be very helpful to us as we improve Project!
Chris Evans commented
The purist view of resource management is that you allocate a resource's effort to activities, add these up across all tasks and projects and then try to level. I.e. a bottom-up approach. This is certainly how it's done in Project Online, but in my experience doesn't work. I think most organisations would be better served by a much simpler system where people are allocated to projects top-down by month/ week. A bit like the old Resource Table in Project Server (sadly deprecated). A resource manager can then see a summed up view across projects - i.e. Joe Smith is 70% on Project A, 60% on project B and 10% on non-project work from July - Sept. I.e. there is an over allocation which needs resolving. This is always a negotiation between Project Managers and Functional Managers.
This is needed for scheduling resource conflicts. Especially for planning on-site trips for our teams.
It would be nice to have a resource dashboard to view each resource and their assignment, similar to how how roadmap currently lays out individual projects on top of each other.
Forecasting is critical with this feature! Being able to track resource availability and project demand side by side is key, but may be better resolved through something like Power BI.
Our organization is exploring such functionality with Power BI to to relate data from our payroll application with what's available in P4W to create reports that can drill down to individual resources, projects or managers. We're hopeful P4W continues to give us more data!
We definitely need this feature in MS Project to be able to allocate resources within the project in order to truly understand the resource availability and for capacity planning. Please advise if this could be added to the newer version of MS Project released recently. Thanks
Paul Gritton commented
A resource forecast might be a better term. Something that competes with all these resource management tools: https://thedigitalprojectmanager.com/resource-management-software/
A simple, visual, browser based way to setup and visualize resources and assignments. Check out resource guru or forecast app to name a few that are out there. This is critical.
James Ward commented
Simple RM would be ideal - for both assigned people/accounts and free text to allow us to allocate and see resources as departments.
Critically we need to see how our portfolio hits the business, and where we've a number of resource issues across our roadmap to allow us to prioritise accortingly.
like the resource engagements in Project online
Matt Young commented
Having a positive experience thus far with:
This is much needed, and will be a trigger to move from Project Online to Project for the web in my company. It would help my PMO job a lot.
Miguel Oliveira commented
The new Project has a nice look and feel but needs this.
Something like Team Planner but with the ability to see all Projects at once for specific people.
Carlo Mendoza commented
I was really looking forward to this. Can't find it anywhere.