How to Resolve Human Resource Conflicts with Microsoft Office Project 2007

By Nancy C. Muir

Part of Microsoft Office Project 2007 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When a member of the project team is overallocated in your Microsoft Office Project 2007 project, you can take steps to correct the problem using the following suggestions. Keep in mind that the circumstances of your project determine whether a particular solution is workable. For example, you can add resources only if your budget allows it, and you can increase a person’s availability to the project only by checking with that person — and her boss — to be sure it’s okay.

Try these tips to manage the workload:

  • Revise the resource’s availability to the project. For example, change the person’s availability from 50 percent to 100 percent.

  • Modify assignments to take the team member off some tasks during the timeframe of the conflict.

  • Move a task to which the overburdened person is assigned to a later date, or modify the task’s dependency relationships.

  • Add a second person to a task that’s causing the resource to be overbooked. This allows the task to be completed sooner and frees up the primary person earlier.

  • Replace the overallocated person with another on some tasks. Try the Resource Substitution Wizard for help with this.

  • Make changes to the resource base calendar to allow the resource to work more time in a week.