“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”- Dennis Wholey
We are nearing the end of the series on scheduling basics. We have taken the WBS, added the dependency chain, estimated the effort and assigned resources. The next step to completing the well-formed schedule is to level the resource assignments. This is done to:
- Prevent over allocation of a resource within the project
- Prevent over allocation of a resource across enterprise assignments
- Accommodate non-productive time and absences
On the other hand, if you do not have the luxury of these conditions, you have more work. For example, you will have to tune and adjust using heuristics to get the right productivity factor so that you don’t over allocate resources within the project; and it will be much harder to track other assignments and activities to prevent over-allocation across enterprise activities.In either case, this step will be repeated regularly over the life of the project. Rescheduling and replanning are regular activities in the Project Manager’s Cycle.
In my next post, we’ll conclude this series of posts on the basics of creating the well-formed schedule by discussing risk buffers.If you are not in a “best practice” environment, what steps do you follow to produce a resource-leveled schedule?