Microsoft Project – Resource Contouring

If you assign a person to a 10 day task at 25% of their time, Microsoft Project assumes that they will do the task at 25% of their time throughout the duration of the task.

What happens if you know that it will take more effort at the start of the task or towards the end of the task?

You can either adjustment assignments manually in Resource Usage or Task Usage view or you can use one of MS Project’s built-in resource contours.

In the picture above, in Task Usage view, I have assigned eight different resources to a 10 day task at 25% of their time. At present, they are all on a flat contour so all working 2 hr per day on their task.

I will now click on the row containing my second resource, Jack to open up the Assignment Information dialog box.

From the Work Contour dropdown, you will see there are seven other options:

  • Back Loaded – will set Jack to this
  • Front Loaded – will set Jean to this
  • Double Peak – will set Jill to this
  • Early Peak – will set Joan to this
  • Late Peak – will set Joe to this
  • Bell – will set John to this
  • Turtle – will set Julie to this

You will now see that the durations of all tasks that are not flat contoured have been increased.

Looking at % of time:

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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One Response to Microsoft Project – Resource Contouring

  1. jbnixon says:

    Thanks. This was useful😀

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