Mgmt404 Lesson 3

Mgmt404 Lesson 3

Review Questions

Answer the following questions (use MS Project help if necessary):

  1) Define effort-driven?  

Effort-driven means that when you assign or remove people from a task, Project lengthens or shortens the duration of the task based on the amount of resource units assigned to it, but it doesn't change the total amount of work for the task. When you add or delete resources on an effort-driven task, work is spread around equally among resources

  2) Under what circumstances would you turn off effort driven scheduling?

You can turn off the Effort Driven setting if you choose the fixed-duration or fixed-units task type. With the fixed-work task type selected, the Effort Driven setting isn’t only turned on automatically, but in fact it can’t be turned off.

  3) Use a real-world example of when you would make a task as a Fixed Duration type task?

Your painter is assigned full-time (100%) to paint a room in 4 days. The work is 32 hours.
Then you assign the same painter another room to paint.   The painter can only work part-time (50%) painting the additional room.   When you enter 50%, Project keeps the duration fixed at 4 days, and recalculates work to be 16 hours.

  4) What is the formula for calculating duration?

Duration = Work ÷ Resource Units

  5)   What are the eight preset work contours (hint: In the Task Usage view right click on a resource name an open the assignment information box) and what are the procedures in applying them to a resource on a task?

The 8 present contours are: Flat - Work hours are even throughout task; Back loaded - Work increases toward end of the task; Front loaded - Work decreases toward start of the task; Double peak - Two peaks occur over task duration; Early peak - Peak activity occurs during first quarter; Late peak - Peak activity occurs during last quarter; Bell - Hours peak in the middle, hours low at start/finish; Turtle - Same as Bell, but the start/finish units are high.   In Task...

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