Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting the level of work over time, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules.
Work contours help you even out people's workloads, while improving your …schedule's accuracy. When you first assign people to task, the …typical model is the tasks start and stop abruptly. …But how much someone works on an assignment can vary day by day. …Work contours put this varying work level into your schedule. …They do a better job of modeling how people work on their assignments and they …don't lengthen the schedule as much as delays or splits do. …Work levels can vary in several ways over the duration of an assignment.…
However you've probably experienced a work contour like a bell curve. …Work starts off slow as someone gathers the info they need and gets used to their assignment. …Then they hit their stride and they're completely productive through the middle …of the work. Finally, the effort tapers off near the …finish while they tie up loose ends. Another common contour is the late peak. …This is the one for people who work well on adrenaline. …The work starts slow and continues to build to a peak as the deadlines grow closer.…
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Sequencing Tasks
3. Assigning Resources to Tasks
4. Planning to Balance Workloads
5. Optimizing Schedules
6. Managing Schedules
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