In this video, Bonnie Biafore identifies several methods for estimating activity duration and work. There are many methods for estimating duration and work. The best one for each project depends on the project, your organization’s methodology, available historical data, and resources.
- There are many methods for estimating duration and work.…The best one for each project depends on the project,…your organization's methodology,…available historical data, and resources.…If you have information about a similar project in the past…or team members' performance on other projects,…incorporate that data.…Estimating based on previous actual results…(laughs) is a great way to get an accurate estimate.…
Another method is to ask people…who understand the work to estimate it.…For example, give team members the big picture…of the project and describe the activities.…Have them estimate how long it would take them…to complete the work.…Another option is to ask experts,…like senior employees or external consultants.…There are two sensible actions to take…when you get estimates from others.…One, you can trust that the estimates are good.…
Or two, if you have your doubts, get a second opinion.…Expanding on the concept of second opinions…is an estimating technique called the Delphi method.…It's based on the idea that more heads are better than one.…
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 Appropriate for all
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
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