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PMO Demand Analysis

This article describes the Demand Analysis page in the PMO Area. This page shows when over time and where on the prioritized list of projects you have resource supply-demand gaps and indicates with color highlighting the severity of the gaps.


The Demand Analysis page in the PMO Area is similar to the Project (Portfolio) Demand page in the Projects area, with one exception: this page provides a What If (Priority) feature instead of a What If (Schedule) feature.

How To

What If (Priority)

The What If Priority feature answers the following questions:

  • For a project with shortfall, what priority would it have to have in order to get all, or most, of the resources it needs?
  • What percent of the required demand for this project is available in total and for each time period if the priority is set to one higher than each of the projects above it in the portfolio?

In the screen shot below, the Pine project has shortfall.

Step 1: Select a cell in the target project row (but not the Project Name which drills down to the workspace) and click the What-If Priority button.




The Pine project currently has a priority of 3000 and allocation is 28% of demand (in bottom row).

As the priority is set to allocate before each unique higher priority (to -1 if there is a 0 priority), the allocation increases in this case to 96%.

To see the impact on the rest of the portfolio when the priority is set to one of these values:

Step 2: Select a cell in reprioritized row of interest and click the Show Detail button.

In the screen shot above priority 49 is selected which yields allocation of 93% of demand.

This activates the third pane in this page showing allocation % of demand impact for all projects with Pine in its What-If priority order.


Step 3: Click the Filter on Impacted Projects button to see only the affected projects.


Important Note: This what if Priority feature has different effects depending on the mix of skill and resource assignments on the project and on the current state of the Optimization checkbox, Use Availability for Skill Assignments.

For resource assignments, allocation is taken from newly lower priorities regardless of the checkbox state.

For skill assignments, allocation is taken from newly lower priorities if Use Availability for Skill Assignments IS checked.

THEREFORE, if the project has

Resource assignments only Same effect checked or not
Skill assignments only Change only if checked
Mixed skill and resource assignments Different effect when checked or unchecked

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