The Schedule in Resource Management is a visual way to understand who is working on what and individual responsibilities of your team.
The Schedule shows project timelines and assignments across your organization. Use the Schedule to understand your team’s capacity, see current project staffing, and adjust assignments as projects change.
When you make a change on the Schedule, information Project pages and timesheets updates in real-time.
Using the Schedule
On the schedule you can:
- Review project assignments
- See and update project status
- View the Schedule by day, week, or month
- Adjust project allocation as needed, watching for under-utilized or overcommitted team members.
- Find team members, skills, or roles for new projects
- Assign people to projects.
There are two ways to view the Schedule: People View, by team member (default) and Project View, by project.
- Use the filter menu in the upper left corner of the Schedule to switch between views.
- Use Day, Week, or Month view in the upper left corner to zoom in or out.
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to scroll through the schedule by month.
In People View, team members appear in the left column, with projects assigned to team members across the timeline.
Availability shows as a light gray block. If the person is overbooked, red warnings appear in the schedule. Weekends and holidays are represented by gray vertical bars. You can also use the Allocation Heatmap to easily identify who’s overcommitted.
Assignments also appear on time sheets for each person. When you change an assignment on the Schedule, it’s automatically updated on the relevant timesheets.
In Projects View, Projects appear in the left column with the project duration displayed on the timeline.
You can show or hide details for a specific project. Hover over the project to get a quick look. Click the project and then click Show Details or Hide Details.
Use the Schedule
What's on the schedule?
The Schedule provides an interactive visual representation of what people are working on, when, and if they’re overbooked. All project assignments for your organization are shown on the Schedule.
The Schedule captures the plan of record (how projects should happen) and should be modified as project plans change (based on how they actually happen). The Schedule can be viewed in Days, Weeks, Months, or you can zoom in or out to the specific view you need.
Project assignments are color-coded as follows:
Blue: Confirmed Projects
Grey: Tentative Projects
Purple: Internal Projects
Orange: Vacation, sick leave, or other personal events (customizable in Account Settings)
Use the Schedule to monitor availability or over-scheduling, and adjust individual allocations as needed. Search for people, skills, or roles to determine when to start new projects.
The Schedule and the Project Pages work together. When you make a change to one, the other will update in real-time to reflect the implications of the change.
Each person has a predetermined availability, set at a 100% capacity target. Capacity on the Schedule appears as light gray under-capacity bars and red over-capacity bars.
Light Gray Bars: show availability and the hours needed to bring the individual up to the right capacity (whatever 100% means for them).
Red Bars: show the % of hours overbooked for that person or Placeholder.
Start and End Dates Impact on Capacity
People have zero available hours before their first day of work and after their last day of work.
For example, if a person’s “last day of work” has passed (i.e. Dec 31, 2020), any projects they’re assigned to after that date won’t show up on their timesheet or in a Time & Fees report.
If you remove the last day of work, they again become available for newly created or updated assignments, but this change does not automatically apply to existing assignments.
To regenerate existing assignments for the person on the Schedule, change their assignment allocation from h/d, %, or total hrs to another allocation format. Their suggested hours will now appear on their timesheet and in your time + fees report.
To see a Gantt-style view of all project timelines, go to Project view, then use the dynamic zoom function (the horizontal slider bar on the upper left-hand side). In this view, projects are ordered sequentially by the start and end dates. Projects with end dates that have recently passed are at the bottom of the screen.
Comparing Confirmed Time to Scheduled Time
Assignment updates on the schedule flow to time sheets, however confirmed time (from time sheets) does not change the schedule. This is so you can compare actual time (from time sheets) to the plan (the Schedule).
Because the schedule is the overall plan, it is not impacted by any assignments or hours your team tracks ad-hoc ( For example, sick time, or additional projects to which the person was not originally assigned).
Add People to Projects
Administrators, Project Managers, and Schedulers can assign people to projects. When you add or change assignments on the Schedule, the Project Page automatically reflects the changes.
Allocating Hours: Fixed or Flexible
Assignment allocation can be a percentage of time, hours per day, or total hours. You can use fixed hours or flexible hours.
- Percentage: Assigns hours evenly as a percentage of available hours (example: Joe is assigned 30% of his time to Project A)
- Hours per day: Assigns an exact number of hours per day regardless of the person’s availability (example: Joe is assigned 4 hrs per day to Project A)
Flexible hours allow you to adjust the assignment when you change the project’s length. For example, changing a person’s assignment from 50% for 6 weeks to 10 weeks requires them to work on the project for longer.
- Total: Assigns a fixed number of hours distributed proportionally to the person’s availability over the duration of the assignment (example: Joe is assigned 20 hours to Project A)
Fixed total hours keep the same number of assigned hours regardless of the assignment duration. For example, a person who was assigned to work for 100 hours on a project for 3 weeks will still be assigned 100 total hours if the project is extended to 6 weeks.
Adding Assignments, Team Members, or Phases
To create an assignment on the People Schedule:
- In People View, find the person you want to assign to a project. Click their row on schedule and then select New Assignment.
- Select the Project or Leave Type you want to assign. The item will appear on the schedule.
To create an assignment on the Project Schedule
- In Project View, click on the project.
- From the drop down menu, choose Add Team Member.
- Select the team member you want to assign to the project.
To create a phase on the Project Schedule
- In Project View, click on the project.
- From the drop down menu, select Phase.
- Enter a name for the new phase and then
To adjust the details for phase, team member, or assignment:
- Slide the ends of the project bar to adjust start or end dates.
- Click on a phase to add team members or set the start and end dates from the pop up calendar.
- Click on the team member to edit their allocation (for example, 20% or 10 hours per day or 50 hours total).
Use the Edit menu to remove, reassign, edit or split assignments on your schedule. Changes are reflected on the Projects Page and in pre-populated time entries on Personal Pages.
- To edit an assignment, click the assignment bar.
You may need to assign the same task over and over. Repeat Assignment makes this easy; the time frame and allocation are preserved in all instances of the series.
To repeat an assignment:
- On the Schedule, click the assignment you want to repeat
- Select Repeat from the pop-up menu.
- Enter how often you want to repeat the assignment (weekly, every two weeks, etc).
- Enter how many times you want to repeat the assignment.
To remove repeating assignments:
- On the Schedule, click the assignment you want to remove
- Select Remove from the pop-up menu
- Select The Series for all past and future assignments in a repeating series. Select This + Future Assignments for the assignment you have selected plus all future scheduled. Select Only This for only the selected assignment; past and future assignments in the series remain).
When you need to change who works on what, you can easily reassign work to another person. When reassigning, attributes of the person are automatically selected as filters, showing you which People and Placeholders in your organization who match, first.
- Click the assignment and then click Reassign.
- Select the Person or Placeholder you want to reassign the work to.
Removing Overlapping Assignments
Removing overlapping assignments is helpful when changing a person’s assignment from multiple projects to a single project. This feature is also helpful when someone takes a vacation part-way through a project and you want to remove their project assignments only while on vacation.
To remove overlapping assignments:
Important: Removing overlapping assignments cannot be undone. Double check your Schedule before you make this change.
- Select the assignment you want to keep
- Select the allocation (i.e. 8 h/d)
- Select Remove Overlapping Assignments.
- You’ll see a prompt asking, “Remove overlapping assignments?” Select Yes to confirm.
If you remove overlapping project assignments, all allocated hours from removed assignments go back into the project budget.
You might need to split an assignment into segments to accommodate availability or schedule issues. For example, you’ve assigned Joe to 4 hours per day on a project for 3 weeks. As you refine the plan, you may want to assign different hours each week. You need to split the project into segments to do so. First you split the assignment, then you can adjust each segment, 6 hours for week one, 2 hours for week two, and 4 hours for week three of the project.
To split an assignment:
Click the assignment in the approximate place you want to split
Select Allocation from the menu
Select Split Between Dates X and Y.
After you split the assignment, adjust the allocation of each section of the assignment as needed. You can also move the assignment bar to different dates as needed.