Contouring Resources in Microsoft Project 2010

He is another feature of Microsoft Project that I bet almost nobody knows about – Resource Contouring.

Resource contouring describes that shape of the contour with which a resource is assigned to a task. In reality, when we have a task that spans over multiple weeks and ten resources assigned to the task, it is highly likely that not all of the resources are going to be starting on the task at the same time, they would probably be staggered.

Project 2010 provides two methods to contour your resources:

Manually

To manually contour your resources, follow these steps:

  1. Allocate the required work resources to the task
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  2. Switch to the Task Usage View – this view shows all the work resources allocated for the same amount of time each day.
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  3. Manually adjust the hours in this view until you achieve the required staffing contour.
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Automatically

To automatically contour your resources, follow these steps:

  1. Switch to the Task Usage View – this view shows all the work resources allocated for the same amount of time each day.
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  2. Double click on the resource to open the Assignment Information dialog
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  3. Select the preferred contour and hit OK to apply it
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That’s it! That’s how easy it is to contour resources in Project 2010.

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