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Preventative measures a project manager can take to manage resources.

This excerpt explains what factors might intervene between a project plan and its execution to disrupt the resources assigned to the project. It also explains what a project manager can do to prevent these things from happening.

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What are the advantages of resource leveling and how does it increase the efficiency of our schedule and our resource utilization? How much detail should be demanded by the project manager in resource assignments?

A project manager's entire existence revolves around detail, but there is such a thing as overkill. A 200 item work breakdown structure is an example of this. Investing this much time and energy into creating a project schedule can be a bit tedious, but I've found that it helps me get a handle on the duration for each task at the beginning of a project. As project goals begin to evolve, ...

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Obtaining resource commitment before a project begins can be instrumental in ensuring your initiative is successful.

This excerpt answers the following questions: What are the advantages of resource leveling and how does it increase the efficiency of our schedule and resource utilization? How much detail should be demanded by the project manager in resource assignments? What factors might intervene between the plan and its execution to disrupt the resources assigned to the project? How can the PM reduce the potential effect of these factors and obtain resource commitment as the project is implemented?

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