Tips & Tricks Video: Conflict Resolution Default Options

CONFLICT RESOLUTION DEFAULT OPTIONS

Make peace, not war

Here is a useful feature to speed up your estimating by setting up automatic conflict resolution default decisions.

These are User Options, not Project Options. You will find them under the File menu, in the Options window, then Conflict Resolution section.

We’ve extended this function so you can now choose the default behaviour for each decision type. What’s more, the tick box here, will speed up your estimating efficiency by directing the application to not show the Conflict Resolution window at all, if user defined decisions are already set for the relevant conflicts.

Here is how to use the rest of the feature.

In the Options window, under the Conflict Resolution section, is a list of all of the different questions you could be asked as you’re copying and pasting information between projects, cost schedules, cost estimates, and resources.

When the default is set to ‘always ask’, the application will ask you to select an action every time a conflict arises. What you can do is change the default action, for example, when pasting resources to always ‘Keep donor Resources’.

Then, when you copy resources from one project and paste into another project you will see ‘Keep donor resources’ is now set as the default action for handling Resources in the Conflict Resolution window. You are still given the choice to change the Calculation template option, if you choose.

If you go back to the User Options > Conflict Resolution window, and change the Resource Calculation Templates drop-down option to Keep project Templates, and then tick the box to not show the conflict resolution window if all the conflicts have defined default actions, then you will only see this small confirmation toast message in the bottom right-hand corner of the application.

When you select preset custom preferences for all of the required questions, you’re essentially pre-populating answers to all of the questions, then the application will optimise your estimating time by skipping the Conflict Resolution window and immediately show you the results.

For more information see our Knowledgebase article.

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