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How to optimize the project schedule?

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What are the things that a project manager can do to optimize his project schedule? I know that resource leveling and resource smoothing are two ways of doing this, but are there other ways to optimize schedules?
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

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Here are some tips to optimize your project schedule:

- Check the load on each and every resource, ensure no one is over-allocated or under-allocated. Create an ideal allocation percentage (I like to go for 70%). If someone is below or above the ideal allocation percentage, then use resource leveling.

- Ensure the right resource is working on the right task. Don't allocate a task that is about cutting the PSD into HTML to your top programmer (even if he knows how to do it).

- Ensure that each resource's work is evenly spread across the project schedule. This is called resource smoothing (see: http://www.projectmanagementquestions.com/2880/resource-smoothing )

- Ensure that your resources are not reserved by the project while doing nothing (other projects may be starving for these resources)

Other than that, there's not much that you can do to optimize the schedule once the project starts. In any case, I think the project schedule should be optimized from the get-go (correctly estimating tasks, delicately assigning resources to tasks, etc...)
answered 6 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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