What does “Effort driven” option in Microsoft Project do?

You may wonder what does “Effort driven” option in Task Detail Form do?

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Here I have 2 tasks.

Task A doesn’t have Effort driven check. When I assign 2 resources to it, the Work unit for each resource doesn’t change (80h for each resource). No matter how many resource I assign, each resource will get 80h.

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Now, Task B have Effort driven check. When I assign resource to it, the Work unit for each resource change (with 2 resource assign it will get 40h for each resource). And activity duration reduce to 5 days. The more resource you assign, the less unit each resource will get.

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SUMMARY

So, when you have kind of activity which can be reduced duration by adding more resource, use “Effort driven” option.

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2 Comments

    1. Yes that’s correct. Fixed Work and Effort Driven mean the same thing in this context. In fact if you select Fixed Work, it automatically puts a tick in the effort driven check box and grey’s it out. :-). But you can have effort driven selected (or not) for Fixed duration and Fixed Unit tasks. In either of these cases the behaviour can be different.

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