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What is a resource pool?

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What exactly is a resource pool? Does it have to with sharing resource across projects/tasks? Is it a term only specific to Microsoft Project or is it a general project management term?
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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In order to properly allocate resources and avoid burning them out and conflicts with other project managers that may use the same resources, MS Project came up with the idea of the resource pool.

A resource pool is simply another project file containing resource information (name, hours of work, days of work, cost per hour, etc...) that you may use in other project files that are often referred to as "sharer files". This will prevent over-allocation or under-allocation of resources, as well as misunderstandings/conflicts with other project managers sharing these resources on their projects.
answered 8 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)
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In some organizations, the resources are allocated per business units. In other companies, all of the project people are assigned to one central staff
Creating a common resource pool involves taking a skills inventory of all shared resources and keeping track of when persons will become available after their current project. Ideally Resource Managers manage the Resource pool and project Managers can search from this pool to see if there are resources that match their project requirements and can send a requisition to the Resource Manager for a particular resource
answered 9 years ago by dimple (2,920 points)
How to implement resource pool policy in cad cam solution provider company?
asked 8 years ago by anonymous edited 8 years ago by FastProjectManager

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