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

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.


Resources Groups’ or Roles’ Work as distribution in time

We’ve  been asked in Merlin support, how to output work of some specific resources and their distribution in time  as a group. For example for res A and res B 8 hours on day 1, 16 hours on day 2, 0 hours or day 3, etc.

We think this is similar to another custom report template we’ve posted outputting groups’ and roles’ utilization units distribution. Please see more about that template here. So we’ve modified that template (by entering options) to cumulate either utilization units or utilization work.

So one could create a group, group res A and res B into it, use this template and output expected work for their assignments as a time distribution.

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.

An output sample:
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Merlin – Do a bit of magic in Merlin reports – PART XXII

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.


Resource Groups’ or Roles’ Units Utilization Distribution

The resources of a project you plan with Merlin for Mac OS X may be grouped by role or resource group. If you want to know how many of your resources are scheduled as a time distribution, this custom report is implemented to output it in a table and plot it as a line chart.  The report uses standard techniques explained in previous posts to iterate in project’s date intervals, asks the project resources’ groups or roles, iterates in their assignments and calculates the amount of resources as a function of time.

In the report options you may select whether you want to output groups or roles and select a color for the line chart plotted for the totals.

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.

An output sample:

output

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