Skip to main content
PDWare Customer Success Center

Viewing Resource Utilization

This article outlines how to view and manage resource utilization in ResourceFirst using the Utilization tab.

Viewing Utilization

The Utilization page, found by clicking the Utilization tab in the Resource area, is a read-only summary of the utilization of each resource by period (for the resource/project nodes specified in your main Get Data Filter). Utilization is expressed as the percentage of that resource’s overall demand, compared to the capacity for the resource.

The color thresholds are set by the administrator for all users.

  •  Red indicates over-utilized.
  •  Dark blue indicates under-utilized.
  •  No color for an interval indicates utilization is within adequate threshold.
  •  &     A white ampersand Indicates no demand or capacity for that period 
  •  A gold number sign (#) indicates demand is greater than zero but capacity is zero (demand # [not equal] zero).

Resources_Utilization_short.JPG

Selecting Data Type

In the upper left dropdown, you can select among multiple data types to view. Te default is % Utilization, but if you wish you can choose to view demand, capacity, or variance by user, as depicted in the dropdown selector below:

Resources_Utilization_Selecter.JPG

Additional Control Options

There are additional control options available on the upper right tray, pictured below (with the date range dropdown dialog active).

From left to right,

  • The leftmost icon is the Calculate Allocations button, which will reload the page with the latest allocations.
  • The Date Range icon brings up the dialog below, which allows you to select the start date, period type, number of periods, and whether you'd like the data to appear in hours or the default, FTEs. Once you enter your data rage info, click the Reload Data Button.
  • The Export icon allows you to export the utilization to a spreadsheet.
  •  The rightmost icon is the Legend, which shows you the various color indicators and their threshholds.

Resources_Utilization_UpperRight.JPG

 

Click on a Resource Name to View Forecast

Notice in the image below, resource Terry Khan is overbooked for the first three months. By clicking on the resource name hyperlink (ref Resource column in the screenshot below) from the Utilization page, the resource's Forecast page will be opened, filtered to only show that Resource’s assignments. In this sense, we can see what demand is causing Terry's situation.

Resources_Utilization_short.JPG

Upon clicking the resource hyperlink for Terry Khan, you'll be presented with the resource's Forecast page as depicted below. It is clear to see that Terry is booked on two projects. The first one was allocated first because it has a higher priority (see the Unit Priority column). 

Resources_Forecast_Individual.JPG

Group by Role or Primary Skill

By selecting the dropdown arrow next to a field (such as Role or Primary Skill, depending on how you've named the field), you'll be presented with the dropdown depicted below. Selecting "Group by this field" will allow you to view Utilization grouped by role.

Resources_Utilization_Group_By.JPG

Below is what the Utilization page looks like when grouped by role, with a total for each role: (note: to remove the grouped display, go to the same dropdown dialog for the field and uncheck "Show in Groups").

Resources_Utilization_Group_By_Role.JPG

Utilization and User Rights

Note that the Utilization page shows resource utilization for resources that are in your selected resource nodes, and with demand for projects that are in your selected project nodes. So, if you are a department/resource manager that wants to see full utilization for your staff, in your global Get Data filter, select the resource node that includes your staff, and select all project nodes that they may be working on (or all project nodes in general to be safe). It is a good practice to for department/resource managers to have at least "read-only" rights to all project nodes for this reason.

  • Was this article helpful?