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FTE per Location

Hi experts

PPM 5.0 SP7

I have some questions regarding distributing demand for a role created in a project.

Is it possible to make the FTE (in distribution) dependent on the Location set for the Role created?

What I need is to be able to create multiple roles with different hours/day for the FTE defined by the Location.

As of now when I distribute FTE on a role demand the FTE is set to be 23.080 seconds = 6,4 Hours. This is derived from the Unit of Measurement settings.

I could probably create a new entry and set it to 8.0 hours, but I need to be able to have more than one FTE definition, which should be based on the Location set for the role.

I tried to define the Locations and in here I can choose "hours/day" and "Calendar". Here I maintained the hours/day to be 8.0.

I also defined hours/day to be 8.0 in the "Make General Settings for Distribution"

I also defined "hours/day for FTE Definition" in the Global Override settings to be 8.0

Am I missing something?

Any help is much appreciated



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    Posted on Feb 06, 2014 at 04:47 PM

    Hi Morten,

    Great question~! You've definitely got the wheels in my head turning on this one. Was your configuration not working when you were testing?

    I think the answer to your question can be found right in the documentation for the SPRO activity "General Settings for Distribution" --- the crux being that you have to define AREA and LOCATION first to drive workday hours and fac cals for distribution settings. But from what I'm reading you've already done that.

    • PPM > PRO > Basic Settings > Define Area (prereq for defining Location)
    • PPM > PRO > Basic Settings > Define Locations

    Within "Locations" you can configure Hours/Day, which becomes your limits for distribution (i.e. 8h, 6h, 4h per day). You might call this the "application-specific" settings (limits) for distributions. Also, the definition of "locations" also requires the selection of a standard calendar, which further limits the number of days resources are allowed to work.

    In summary, I see LOCATION as the method by which you can define your "various FTEs" work hours, as you describe it. Of course, there will have to be several roles with those specific "locations" framing your allowed work hours/day. PMs/Admins will have to select the Area and Location within the role in PRO-RES, for this to work. I recommend using Templates to drive standardization 😊

    I would imagine that concrete role staffings would adhere to the role's "hours/day" when fulfilling demand distribution. But again, I haven't tested this out myself.

    I hope this helps you out Morten! Again, great requirement.


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    Posted on Feb 06, 2014 at 05:16 PM

    I re-read your original post, and perhaps missed the point that you were wanting to DEFINE the RESOURCE as having specific work day hours. Sorry about that.

    It looks like you might also be able to do this via managing specific Named Resource details screens - which also has Location and Area. Multiple ways to get there in the UI, but here's one way:

    PPM Admin > Edit Resource > Location

    Setting Location for specific FTE:

    For the sake of illustration, I've created a Location with 1hr / day:

    Now I've set this location for a resource (Homer) for all of 2014. 1hr a day for the entire year. Must be nice. ("D'oh!")

    Finally, here's this resource's availability in the Resource Dashboard based on set Location:

    • Jan: 22 working days in the "US" calendar, which excludes Jan 1st as a holiday.
      • 22 workdays x 1 hr/d = 22 hours available for Jan

    Setting Availability for specific FTE:

    Of course, here's where you can also manage specific named resource - Bart's - availability for all project work (in hrs/day).

    Notice that he's set to be available for project work for only 4h/day for the month of Jan, and 6 hrs/day starting in July.

    In checking this resource's availability in the Resource Dashboard based on specific Availability:

    • Jan: 22 working days in the "US" calendar, which excludes Jan 1st as a holiday.
      • 22 workdays x 4 hrs/d = 88 hours available for Jan

    • July: 22 working days, excluding July 4 as a US holiday.
      • 22 workdays x 6 hrs/d = 132 hours available for July

    I hope this is helpful. Many ways to achieve the same goal.


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      Here's where we might find a discrepancy in functionality. Again, possibly a training matter.

      If I try to allocate hours of work to the role, to meet task demand. (Note, no resource staffing yet.)

      In this example, I committed the role to fulfill 80 work hours for the task.

      This work allocation by role is still distributed as set, based on the timeframe set by the task. This seems to disregard role "availability" or "work hours":

      Now, I assign work to a specific resource - Mr. Burns. (For this I had to delete and re-add. Common problem.) As a result, there's still a net negative capacity for the role to meet demand, as availability is limited.

      From the Staffing tab: Burns' availability (show as "Remaining Availablility), capped at 1h/day --- set against the total demand on the role (32.43 h in June).

      From the General tab: staffing of the role based on one resource capped at 1h/day.

      Now, to fulfill net demand, I confirm another resource for work on the role - Smithers, and the capacity is increased. Remaining demand on the role is decreased.

      From the Staffing tab: Smithers' assigned effort

      From the General tab: allocation is doubled with the staffing of two resources to meet role demand. Both are capped based on the 1h/day location setting on the role.

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