Functions and features
Task planning offers the possibility to schedule all activities from the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). All estimated cost and revenue lines with the type “hour” can be used to create subtasks. Within the planning, manual activities and subtasks can be created which are, of course, stored in the WBS and on the cost and revenue lines. Tasks can be scheduled in time and attached to one another with a start>start, finish>finish or start>finish relationship. These relationships can contain a delay specified in minutes, hours, days and weeks. This delay between the two activities ensures that during rescheduling the delay equals the minimum time between the activities.
A planning schedule can be stored as a baseline at any desired moment in time. This will create a great history, showing what has been changed, when and by whom. The baseline will be displayed as a transparent “ghost project” on top of your current planning and will indicate all changes.
The resource planning functionality lets you easily assign workers and resources to activities and subtasks. This assigning of resources is supported by the multiple drag & drop function, allowing you to assign one worker to a certain type of activity on one or more projects in one operation. When a worker is assigned the capacity receives a soft reservation via the standard worker scheduling. When the activity is reserved the soft reservation becomes a hard reservation, making sure that this worker can no longer be scheduled within this timeframe. When a Resource or Resource group is assigned the reservation makes sure that the resource is no longer available for any other activities or for production planning.
The histogram can be displayed in the Resource Planning screen to show the capacity assignment. Based on the Gantt colors, which can be defined via the “table>group>all” principle on projects and categories, the planner receives perfect insight on the types of activities to which a worker or resource is scheduled.
These are just some of the functions we offer that are essential to a planner working with Microsoft Dynamics.