Work distribution

Some types of project, such as the development of computer software or building new houses, are repeated within organisations. Much of the activity is repeated every time the project is undertaken so it would be foolish not to use past experience to improve estimates for the future. The work distribution technique relies on data gathered from previous, similar projects, which it apportions across the standard project life cycle to arrive at the proportions of effort or budget required by each stage (see Figure 7.3).

The success of such a model depends on the reliability of data from previous projects and the projects themselves being similar. However, if such data can be recorded (and improved over time), the model can be used quite flexibly. For instance, if a budget has been set aside, it is a straightforward task to apportion it across the different stages of a project

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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