Projects → Task Plan → Concepts → Allocations
An allocation is the commitment of a resource (work or material) to be available to work on a task in a task plan. A resource allocation is an agreement between a resource manager and a project manager as to a resource's availability to work on a work item.
An allocation can be similar to an assignment, but only if the allocation is made at the task level and for a single resource. More commonly, allocations are made as teams; a group of resources (for example, 4 developers, 3 testers, and a technical writer) are assigned to a task plan and then are assigned to individual tasks by a project manager.
However, an allocation is only the commitment of a resource to work on one or more tasks. A resource must be assigned to a task in order for a resource to be able to report progress on that task in their timesheet.
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