Peak Units fields

The Peak Units fields contains the percentage or number of units (units: The quantity of a resource assigned to a task. The maximum units is the maximum number of units available for the resource. For example, if you have three plumbers, the maximum units is 300 percent or three plumbers working full-time.) to which a resource (resources: The people, equipment, and material that are used to complete tasks in a project.) is assigned at any one time for tasks as distributed over time.

There are two categories of Peak Units fields.

Data Type    Percentage/Number (percentage/number field: A type of field whose content is a value that can be expressed as either a percentage or a decimal number. For example, in the Assignment Units field, one full-time assigned resource can be expressed as 100% or as 1.00.)

ShowPeak Units (resource-timephased field)

Entry Type    Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)

How Calculated    The value in the Peak Units field is the maximum effort a resource is working on all assigned tasks, as shown over a period of time.

Best Uses    Add the Peak Units field to the timephased (timephased: Task, resource, or assignment information that is distributed over time. You can review timephased information in any available time period in the fields on the right side of the Task Usage and Resource Usage views.) portion of the Resource Usage view (view: The combination of one or more views [Gantt Chart, Resource Sheet, and so on] and if applicable, a table and a filter. Use views to work with information in a variety of formats. There are three types of views: Charts or graphs, Sheets, and Forms.) when you want to display the maximum effort for which the resource is designated to work on all assigned tasks over the selected time period.

Example    Jamie is assigned to one task at 25 percent, and to another task at 50 percent. These tasks are both scheduled to take place Tuesday through Friday. In the Resource Usage view, the value in the Peak Units field for Jamie is 75 percent for each day from Tuesday through Friday.

ShowPeak Units (assignment-timephased field)

Entry Type    Calculated (calculated field: A field in which the value is determined by Project based on information in other fields. Project may recalculate the value automatically or when you specify, depending on your choice of calculation settings.)

How Calculated    The value in the Peak Units field represents the maximum effort a resource is working on an assignment (assignment: A specific resource that is assigned to a particular task.) in the given time period.

Best Uses    Add the Peak Units field to the timephased (timephased: Task, resource, or assignment information that is distributed over time. You can review timephased information in any available time period in the fields on the right side of the Task Usage and Resource Usage views.) portion of the Task Usage or Resource Usage view (view: The combination of one or more views [Gantt Chart, Resource Sheet, and so on] and if applicable, a table and a filter. Use views to work with information in a variety of formats. There are three types of views: Charts or graphs, Sheets, and Forms.) when you want to display the maximum effort for which the resource is designated to work on an assignment, as distributed over time. This is particularly useful when you have applied a work contour (contour: The shape of how scheduled work for an assignment is distributed across time. Use a contour to control how Project schedules the work of a resource. Contour examples include flat, back-loaded, front-loaded, bell, turtle, and more.) other than the default flat work contour. The Peak Units field shows the points in time in which more effort is being applied to the assignment.

Example    You need to review the resource effort for various assignments as distributed over days. In the timephased portion of the Resource Usage view, you add the Peak Units field. For an assignment for three carpenters for five days, you see 300 percent in the Peak Units field across each of the five days. For an assignment for a part-time resource for two days, you see 25 percent in the Peak Units field for each of the two days.

 
 
Applies to:
Project Professional 2013, Project Standard 2013, Project 2010, Project 2007, Project 2003