With Merlin you can do schedules of your projects. You assign tasks to your resources, enter financial information (costs, budget), record issues, risks, attach files with additional information, update actual work, see scheduling warnings, call reports and lots more when working with the separate project files.
Should you manage more than one project at a time and assign your resources to more than one project, you need to coordinate their various assignments and make sure the resources are not over allocated. There is a concept for this in Merlin called… combining projects.
Combining projects is easy. Just call File > Combine Projects… and create a ‘master’ project file.
To save a ‘master’ project, just call File > Save As…
Working with master projects…
A master project lists all activities of all combined projects in the Activity view. Resource allocation information is shown in the Utilization view.
You recognize in the outline of the Activities view the combined projects by a folder symbol displayed right before the project’s title.
When the project name is formatted in gray, the combined project had not been yet opened in your master project. This is usually the case, when you re-open a master project . You should click the triangle displayed before the folder symbol to open the project and gain access to its separate activities and scheduling information.
To open all combined projects of your Master project, just click the top most entry of your master project in the outline and call Edit > Expand All
Most of the time you will be working in Utilization view but you can also print, export or call reports with data from all combined projects.
When working with master projects you may want to enable the display of the column ‘Project’. This column is per default enabled in the Utilization view. To enable it in Activities view, ctrl + click the columns title row and select ‘Project’.