There are three basic ways to even out someone’s workload: lengthening, delaying, and splitting assignments. Learn to adjust assignments to when a resource is available.
- [Instructor] After you assign people to activities,…you have to make sure peoples' workloads…stay as steady as possible.…By avoiding workload peaks and valleys,…people work more efficiently and productively.…There are three basic ways to even out someone's workload,…lengthening, delaying, and splitting assignments.…Lengthening assignments can be an easy fix…when someone is overloaded.…When that person has a few concurrent assignments,…you might increase their duration…so the person works fewer hours on each assignment each day.…
In the sample project, the graphic designer…has two one week tasks scheduled at the same time,…capture screenshots and draw illustrations.…Increasing the duration of these assignments…to two weeks allows the graphic designer…to work on both of them half time.…Delaying one or two of the person's assignments…is another way to balance their workload.…Delays work well when assignments are short.…Delays also help the person stay focused and productive.…
That's because most people can only juggle…
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
3. Sequencing Activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
6. Optimizing Schedules
Baseline the schedule2m 12s
7. Managing Schedules
Next steps2m 33s
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