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what is the difference between padding and buffer?

I don't see the difference between padding and buffer in project management. Is there any difference between the two terms? Please explain. Also an example of a padding and a buffer will be appreciated, as it will make it easier for me to differentiate between the two (if they are different).
asked 8 years ago by anonymous

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Padding is a non determinative way of adding some time to tasks in a project.
task 1 takes 1 day. lets put duration down as 2 since ,,,,,,,(many reasons)
Not because is is like a ball park estimate...

Buffer is more determinative.
task 1 takes 1 day. task 2 might also be done by the same person. this is identified as a possible risk. and we mitigate it by adding some time in which will be a mutually acceptable amount of time the developer feels he can reasonably finish.
acceptable because there is some quantitative/expert estimation.
answered 8 years ago by anonymous

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