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Key tasks: Create a schedule based on a project in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 [AX 2012]

Updated: October 6, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2

Note Note

The information in this topic applies to Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 only.

For information about project-based scheduling in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 or Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack, see Key tasks: Create a schedule based on a project in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.

For information about project-based scheduling in cumulative update 7 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, see Key tasks: Create a schedule based on a project in AX 2012 R3 or AX 2012 R2 CU7.

By using project-based scheduling, you can assign workers to a project or activity. You can specify the attributes, experience, and availability that workers must have to fill project roles, and then assign a worker to a project or activity based on the project requirements and the worker’s qualifications.

Click these links to find more information about the concepts that are discussed in this topic.

About resource management for projects

Use the following procedures to specify resource requirements for skills, project experience, certifications, education, or other attributes. You can also rank the relative importance of each type of requirement.

Specify requirements for skills, project experiences, certifications, or education

  1. Click Project management and accounting > Common > Projects > All projects. Select a project to create a project schedule for.

  2. On the Action Pane, on the Plan tab, in the Activities group, click Assign resources.

  3. In the Assign resources form, on the Resource search criteria FastTab, click the tab for the worker attribute for which you want to specify a requirement, and then click Add.

  4. In the first column, select the attribute that you want to include in the search for resources.

  5. On the Project experience tab only: In the Role field, select the title of a project role. This indicates that you want to find the specific worker or workers who held this role in the project that you selected in Project ID column.

  6. Select the Required check box if the worker must possess this attribute in order to be included in the resource search results.

  7. In the Priority column, select an option to indicate how heavily you want this attribute weighted against other attributes of the same type. For example, if the attribute is most important, select 6 - Most. If it is only moderately important, select 3.

  8. After you finish specifying search criteria for attributes, in the Competency weighting field group, assign a number to each attribute type to indicate how heavily it should be weighted in the search for available resources.

    For example, if the education requirements that you specified are most important, select 6 - Most in the Education field. If the other worker attributes that you specified should be considered, but are the least important, select 1 - Least.

  9. Click Search.

Specify requirements for other worker attributes

  1. Click Project management and accounting > Common > Projects > All projects. Select a project to create a project schedule for.

  2. On the Action Pane, on the Plan tab, in the Activities group, click Assign resources.

  3. In the Assign resources form, on the Resource search criteria FastTab, on the Other worker attributes tab, click Add.

  4. In the Attribute group column, select the attribute group that includes the additional skills that are required for a worker who is assigned to the project or activity.

  5. In the Attribute ID column, select the attribute that is required for a worker who is assigned to the project or activity.

  6. Select the Required check box if the worker must possess the selected attribute in order to be included in the resource search results.

  7. In the Priority column, select an option to indicate how heavily you want this attribute weighted against other attributes of the same type. For example, if the attribute is most important, select 6 - Most. If it is only moderately important, select 3.

  8. After you finish specifying attribute search criteria, in the Competency weighting field group, assign a number to each attribute type to indicate how heavily it should be weighted in the search for available resources.

    For example, if the education requirements that you specified are most important, select 6 - Most in the Education. If the other worker attributes that you specified should be considered, but are the least important, select 1 - Least.

  9. Click Search.

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Use this procedure to analyze how well a worker meets the requirements of a project or activity assignment.

  1. Click Project management and accounting > Common > Projects > All projects. Select a project to create a schedule for.

  2. On the Action Pane, on the Plan tab, in the Activities group, click Assign resources.

  3. In the Assign resources form, on the Resources FastTab, in the Best resource matches grid, review the list of workers who are available to work during the requested time period. The list shows the match of the worker’s availability and skills to the requirements of the project, shown as percentages, and the worker’s cost price.

  4. Select a worker to review their details.

  5. To view details of all of the worker’s current assignments, click Assignment details. To view a list of all the selected worker’s competencies, click Resource competencies.

  6. In the Resource assignment details for: grid, review details about the days that the worker is available for the project, and how many hours they are available for each day.

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Use this procedure to assign a worker to specific days for a project. This procedure assumes that you have defined all the activity requirements and selected a worker who you want to assign to the activity.

Each line in the Resource assignment details for: grid shows information about a day that requires a worker for an activity. You can assign a worker to as many days as the worker is available, but you cannot exceed the worker’s available capacity.

  1. Click Project management and accounting > Common > Projects > All projects. Select a project to create a schedule for.

  2. On the Action Pane, on the Plan tab, in the Activities group, click Assign resources.

  3. In the Assign resources form, on the Resources FastTab, in the Resource assignment details for: grid, review the activity dates for days that the selected worker is available. The Availability status field indicates whether the worker can be scheduled for that day. The following information about the activity is provided:

    • The date and day of the activity

    • The number of hours that the worker has available that day

    • The number of hours for which the worker has a hard or soft commitment on that day

    • The total number of hours that the worker is available to work on that day

  4. Select an assignment line, click Assign, and then select the type of assignment that you want to make for the worker:

    • Full worker capacity – Assign all the selected worker’s available hours to the project as hard-booked hours.

    • Hour entries to hard – Create a hard assignment for the worker.

    • Hour entries to soft – Create a soft, or tentative, assignment for the worker.

  5. If you want to assign a different number of hours to the worker for that day, change the hours in the Hour entry column to the number of hours that you want to assign to the worker.

  6. After you assign a worker to the project or activity, review the following changes on the activity line:

    • The number of hours in the Hard-booked hours or Soft-booked hours column changes to the number of hours that you assigned to the worker, depending on the type of commitment that you selected.

    • The number of hours in the Available capacity in hours column is reduced by the number of hours that you assigned to the worker.

  7. Continue assigning activities to the worker until you have completed all of the assignments that are required.

  8. Click the Release or Transfer button to change an assignment for a worker. Use these buttons to do the following:

    • Release – Select the line of the activity for which the worker has an assignment that you want to remove, and then click Release. In the list, click Soft bookings to remove a tentative assignment to the project or activity, click Hard bookings to remove a firm assignment to the project or activity, or click All bookings to remove all assignments from the project or activity.

    • Transfer – Depending on whether you want to convert all or only some soft bookings to hard bookings, do one of the following:

      • If you want to convert all soft booking hours that have already been assigned to hard bookings, click Transfer, and then click All.

      • If you want to convert only some of the soft booking hours to hard bookings, select a line for which soft bookings have been assigned, click Transfer, and then click Soft bookings to hard bookings. Repeat this step for each line that you want to transfer to a hard booking.

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