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In the Trenches with Microsoft® Office Project 2007 by Elaine J. Marmel

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Choosing the Right Resource Type

Distinguishing between human and non-human resources is fairly straightforward and easy: if it breathes, it’s human. However, although you still want to account for all the resources you’ll use on your project, when you set up resources in Project, you don’t make the distinction quite that directly.

Project lets you define three types of resources: Work, Material, and Cost. Work resources are usually people. Costs for Work resources are always calculated based on some increment of time. You can think of Material resources as resources consumed during your project. Costs for Material resources are calculated based on some unit of measurement other than time. Cost resources don’t have a unit of measure that allows ...

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