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Hour Types in Mavenlink

Overview

Mavenlink offers a variety of hour types, all of which are directly related to a resource, a project, or both. These hour types include allocated hours, scheduled hours, and estimated hours. This article will explore where each type is found and how each type is used.

Allocated Hours

Allocated hours are entered and managed in Master Planning. They are defined as how much a resource is “planned” or “allowed” to work on a project based on who’s available and/or most capable of performing the work. Allocated hours are defined at the project-level, as opposed to estimated and scheduled hours, which are defined at the task- or resource-level.

Allocated hours have two states: soft and hard.

  • Soft allocations represent tentative, in flux “hours” that act as penciled in placeholders.
  • Hard allocations represent confirmed or booked hours on a project.

You can see allocated hours in the following areas of Mavenlink:

  • From the Resource Planner tab of an individual project, represented by a thin, solid blue line.Allocation-in-Resource-Planner.png
  • In Master Planning, allocated hours are represented by solid or striped colored bars on the timeline; click here for more information.Add-Allocatoin.png

Scheduled Hours

Scheduled hours are entered on each task assigned to a resource within a project. They are defined as the number of hours a resource is scheduled to spend on each task for that project. Scheduled hours are defined at the task- or resource-level, as opposed to allocated hours which are defined at the project-level.

You can see user scheduled hours in the following areas of Mavenlink:

  • From the Resource Planner tab of an individual project. By default, only a team member with Project Financials (or higher) can enter hours here; click here to learn more.Resource-Planner-Scheduled.png
  • By entering hours in the Scheduling tab of the Task Details side panel. By default, only a team member with Project Financials (or higher) can enter hours here.Scheduled-Hours-Task-Details.png
  • The weekly schedule Time Entries page (Time & Expense > Schedule > Weekly) where scheduled hours can be viewed, but not edited.Weekly-Schedule-2.png

Task Estimated Hours

Task estimate hours are a measurement of effort in time for how long a task in its entirety will take to complete. When tracking time on a project task (or any of its subtasks), you can use the Task Progress view in the Task Tracker to see the current burn rate in the Est Hours column. We generally recommend the Task Progress view for adding and viewing estimated hours (if not added via template).Est-Hours-Column.png

These hours can be entered in the following areas of Mavenlink:

  • In the Time field when adding a new task in the Task Tracker.Task-Tracker-Time.png
  • In the Estimate field of the Time & Fees tab in the Task Details side panel.Task-Estimate-Hours.png
  • In the Time field of a project templateTemplate-Time-2.png

Resource Estimated Hours

Resource assignment to task estimated hours are a measurement of effort in time for how long it will take for a single resource to complete a task.

These hours can be entered in the following areas of Mavenlink:

  • In the Estimate field in the Schedule tab of the Task Details side panel; click here to learn more.Resource-Estimate-Hours.png
  • In a project’s Resource Planner tab under the Estimate column to the left of each person’s assigned tasks.Resource-Scheduler-Estimated.png
  • In the Resources column of a project template.Template-Resource-Hours.png
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