MS Project: calculating duration based on amount of work completed per unit of time

I am getting a bit comfused in MS Project try to calculate the time it will take for a resource to translate a document.

Ressource 1 can translate 1000 words per day. the text is 3000 words long. How can I get MS Project to calculate the duration?

Now say I would like to allocate a second ressource. I would like Project to calculate the new duration.

Thanks for your help.

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Richard DanekeTrainerCommented:
Project calculates Duration = work * units.  So, your calculation can be used, but a little creativity is needed.
You can add new fields and calculated fields to calculate the duration.

I will try to update this post later today to explain how.
Dr. Thomas HenkelmannDirector Consulting ServicesCommented:

the very basic calculation in Microsoft Project is based on WORK at task level and the amount of work (max units) a resource can spend per day. Example: you create a new task and set the work to be 3 days (for 3000 words). Then you assign the first resource with a default of 100% in max units (equals 1 day of work per calendar day). This will calculate the task to take 3 days. Now the TASK TYPE is important. if you haven't changed anything the task type should be "Fixed units". My recommendation would be to change this to "Fixed work" (to keep the 3000 words fixed). Now assign a second resource, this will shorten to task to 1.5 days with each resource spending 1.5 days of their working time (equals 1500 words in your example).

Makes sense?



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