Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Lengthening, delaying, and splitting assignments, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
There are three ways to even out the work assigned to someone: lengthening, …delaying and splitting assignments. Lengthening the duration of assignments …and letting them run simultaneously can be an easy fix when someone is …overloaded, because assignments are scheduled at the same time. …When you increase the duration of assignments, the person works fewer hours …on each assignment each day. In this sample project, the instructional …designer has two one-day tasks scheduled at the same time. …Review current training methods and review training feedback.…
Increasing the duration of these tasks to two days allows the instructional …designer to work on both of them half-time. …Delaying one or two of the person's assignments is another way to balance …someone's workload. This approach is helpful if someone has …several assignments scheduled at the same time. …Delays also work well when assignments are short. …Assignment delays level out a team member's workload. …In addition, delays also help the person stay focused and productive.…
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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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