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The roles tab shows all roles on a single project. Use this tab to create, delete, and edit roles.

What is a role? A role serves several functions within Projector, but at its core it represents demand for labor. This demand is supplied by a resource. For example, you may have a project that requires a Team Lead, Writer, and Social Media Manager. So you create a role for each one. These roles are then staffed by Sally, Joe, and Henry.

A useful analogy to understand Projector roles is to think of an actor/actress. Just like you have actors in a play, you have actors on a project. Each actor has a role. Some people may even have multiple roles in the same play. It is the director's job to identify all the roles and assign the appropriate actor/actress. In keeping with this analogy, a project is like a script. A script defines all the parts and what will be said. In the same way a project defines everything that must be done and who will do it.

Roles also have functional purposes. Some of their commons uses are:

  • Limit who is allowed to work on a project
  • Schedule out all the work that must be done on a project
  • Setting billing rates

See Roles for a more detailed explanation of roles.

To reach this section go to Topics Projects and search for a project. Open a project and choose Roles.

Permissions and Settings

You can view roles if you can view a project. The following users are granted view access to projects.

The following people can create new roles and delete existing roles

  • Engagement and Project Managers with both
  • Users with all three of the following:
  • Users with all three of the following:
  • Roles may be implicitly created if the project is open for time entry from all resources
  • Roles may be implicitly created if time is transferred to the project and a destination role does not already exist

The following people can edit role names, start dates, and end dates

When creating roles, you have the option to base them on a Role Type.

You can customize the data displayed on this tab and save it to your own layout. To share that layout with other users you need the global permission Maintain Public Reports and Saved Searches.


Request vs Schedule

In the blue control bar, you'll find a dropdown box where you can switch between Request and Schedule modes. If you are unfamiliar with Projector's resourcing workflow, please see Projector Web Request and Schedule Workflow.


Manage Roles

The following management options are available here:

Create

Click the +Add Roles... button. A modal popup is displayed. Projector supports four methods for role creation.


Using Role Types

Role Types are a predefined template to describe the department, title, cost center, location, resource type, skills, and keywords that should be used to fulfill this role.


Base on Existing Role

Make a copy of an existing role on this project.


Choose Specific Resource

If you know the resource you want assigned to this role, directly choose them with this option. 


Copy Roles From a Project

Search for an existing project and copy all ticked roles.


Delete

Tick the role checkboxes and choose Additional Actions | Delete Role. If you cannot delete a role then there is some type of audit history on it. For example, time was entered for it and transferred to another role. Set a role end date and discontinue future use.


Undelete

When you delete a role it isn't actually deleted. You can always restore it later. To do so follow these steps:

  1. Under the gear icon  choose Customize. Add the column Delete Role?
  2. Under the gear icon  choose Show deleted roles.
  3. Tick the checkboxes for roles you wish to undelete
  4. Click Additional Actions | Undelete role

Edit

Click on a role name or the drilldown icon . This will open the role where you can edit the following:

  • Resource Assignments
  • Schedule
  • Rates
  • User Defined Fields for the role
  • Notes



Assign

Click the Assign button to specify resources that can fulfill a role. In order for this option to be available only one role can ticked.

ColumnDescription
ResourceThe resource you would like to work this role
Acceptability %

Click the gear icon to set categories you want to fuzzy match on. These then weight the acceptability percent. For example, a resource with a 3 instead of 4 skill level in C-Programming would be a very close acceptability fit percent.

Availability Match %Availability to fulfill requested hours exactly as requested
Availability Flex %Availability to fulfill requested hours within the same time period as the request, but not in the same distribution
Billing Adjusted MarginIf you are allowed to see margin, then you'll see the ratio (BAR - RDC) / BAR. The higher the number the more you'll earn. Margins can be negative if the resource's pay rate is higher than your bill rate.

Match % and Flex %

These two values are very useful and warrant a section all on their own. They provide you with a quick percentage so that you can see the likelihood that a candidate has enough availability to fulfill all of the requested hours.

The match % determines how closely the resource can work all requested hours exactly as scheduled. Ideally the match percent is 100% and you know it is safe to book this resource. Let's say you request a resource for half-days across an entire week, or 20 hours. The resource is already booked to another project for all of Monday though. The match percent is 16 out of 20 hours, or 80%. This is when you want to look at flex percent. Looking at the entire week that was requested, you could bump those 4 problem hours from Monday to each of the next four days. Your flex % is still one hundred. As long as you are willing to be flexible on when the work is actually done, you can still get all the hours you want. 

If the flex percentage looks good, you probably want to go over to the Role Graph Tab to get a visualization of the resource's commitments and current requested hours.



Edit Hours

Tick the checkboxes for all the roles you want to edit hours on. Then click Edit.

Cells with a line of dots are editable. 

You can right click for a host of fill options.

You can also copy/paste directly from Microsoft Excel into the grid. 


Schedule Legend

The below screenshot shows the meaning of the bars which fill the Schedule row.


Color Map

Click Show color map to see what different colors mean for your organization. Colors are set through the Scheduled Hours Color Map Editor.


Submit Reject Approve and Finalize


Submit

Once you are certain a role, or roles, are ready to be scheduled you submit them for approval. Roles you have been editing will be in the Request in Process status. You most likely want to plan all your roles and their hours, then submit everything at once for approval. 

The submit option is available when you are set As a Requester. Any role can be submitted, even roles that are already Scheduling Complete. Upon submission you'll be prompted to enter a note as well as which schedulers you wish to notify of the submission. Once submitted, the role changes to the status Scheduling in Process. It is then a scheduler's duty to approve and finalize the submission.


Approve

The request is booked as-is. Role status changes to Scheduling Complete.


Reject

The request is overwritten with what is currently booked. Role Status changes to Scheduling Complete.


Finalize

The request is partially filled. For example, not the exact hours requested or the exact resource requested. Role Status changes to Scheduling Complete.



Additional Actions

Under the Additional Actions dropdown you'll find the following choices.


ControlDescription
Notify Schedulers...Send an email notification to one or more schedulers.
Share scheduling with...

If a scheduler does not have permission to schedule a role on this project, you can share the role to them. Once shared, they'll be able to schedule. Useful when you need to do things like allow a UK resource manager to schedule their team on a USA project.

Route to...

Project Managers - Change a Scheduling in Process/Scheduling Complete role back to Request in Process

Schedulers - Change a Request in Process to Scheduling in Process

Swap resource...

Useful feature when a resource needs to come off a project. Transfer all their scheduled and hours and tasks to a new role.

Close out role...

If a resource is ending their work on a role, use this choice to keep them from entering time/expense after the specified date. Also clears future booked hours.

Delete role...Tick the role checkboxes and choose Additional Actions | Delete Role. If you cannot delete a role then there is some type of audit history on it. For example, time was entered for it and transferred to another role. Set a role end date and discontinue future use.
Undelete role...

When you delete a role it isn't actually deleted. You can always restore it later. To do so follow these steps:

  1. Under the gear icon  choose Customize. Add the column Delete Role?
  2. Under the gear icon  choose Show deleted roles.
  3. Tick the checkboxes for roles you wish to undelete
  4. Click Additional Actions | Undelete role




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