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Merlin: plan by work or duration

on 4. April 2014

Now and then we get asked in support, when to plan Merlin activities by work and when by duration.

Some pose their question a bit differently, they define the activity’s  work, assign two or more resources on it and email us to ask why the activity’s duration got shorter.

When using Merlin to plan your projects, there are various planing scenarios. You will find some basic configuration examples with details and screenshots here.

When it comes to the point where you assign activities to resources, it helps to know, that there is a project setting called ‘resources share their work’ which is enabled by default. You will find it under File > Project Settings > Misc > Resources >

ResourcesShareTheirWork

As long as this setting is enabled on your project, whenever you assign two resources to the same task, their work would be 50% of the work defined on the activity each so the activity itself would take half the time to be accomplished.

There are cases where you need this, for example: two painters paint the same wall on half of the time.

There are cases however where you don’t need this. You have a training planned for 1 day and have two trainers. The training won’t stop at midday, both of the trainers will be there for the complete day.

To plan this activity, you simply define it by duration and blank work entries on the activity and assignments.

ScheduledByDurationOnly

 

 

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Written by Vicky Stamatopoulou
Vicky Stamatopoulou works at ProjectWizards. She contributes to the MacPM.net blog, Merlin user forums, or other web spaces of ProjectWizards. The content provided is about Merlin or Mac usage, documentation, AppleScripting, or customization. Google+

Licensing Merlin – for Gmail or other users checking emails on a web browser

on 11. Februar 2014

When asking your emails over the web browser (so you are not using a mail app client on your Mac like Mail.app for example) you need to first save your Merlin licence file on your Mac to be able to use it in a second step to license your Merlin application.
Following screencast shows those actions and uses a gmail account as example…

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Written by Vicky Stamatopoulou
Vicky Stamatopoulou works at ProjectWizards. She contributes to the MacPM.net blog, Merlin user forums, or other web spaces of ProjectWizards. The content provided is about Merlin or Mac usage, documentation, AppleScripting, or customization. Google+

Merlin – Do a little bit of magic in Merlin reports – part XXVII

on 4. Februar 2014

Those of you who do project management with Merlin on your Mac and have checked our post series explaining how to create custom templates for Merlin reports, know by now…

Now let’s do some magic with the reports.


Classic Report with optional WBS-Code

When wanting to report all kinds of aspects of your actual project, you usually call File  > New Report > Classic report.

In case you want to modify the report so that it outputs the WBS-Code in its tables of milestones, overdue/upcoming/overdue tasks, or elements, you would need to create an option whether or not the ‘WBS-Code’ column should be outputted and insert optionally the wbs code where required.

To make a long story short, we’ve created a new set of such a classic report and post it hereafter.

Please remember: Custom Merlin reports we provide as templates, can be downloaded and used for free. Furthermore, you may modify and distribute as you like and find appropriate. (more…)

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Written by Vicky Stamatopoulou
Vicky Stamatopoulou works at ProjectWizards. She contributes to the MacPM.net blog, Merlin user forums, or other web spaces of ProjectWizards. The content provided is about Merlin or Mac usage, documentation, AppleScripting, or customization. Google+