How to resolve resource issues? Smoothing and Levelling
0:38 – Resource allocation
1:17 – Resource Utilisation per period
2:00 – Identification of overutilization
3:17 – Resolving the utilization of activities G and H
4:55 – Conclusions
Once we have determined the Early Start, Early Finish, Late Start, and Late Finish, we can create the Gantt chart in Early Start and add the resource utilization to the activities and the Gantt. Adding the percentage of utilisation per time period and for all resources, we can identify where the resources are over-allocated.
Based on the information and the slack of the activities, we have to evaluate if we can resolve the resource over-utilization using smoothing or levelling. In the case of smoothing, we can redistribute the activities without changing the duration fo the project. In the other case, where we cannot resolve the issues using the slack, we have to move critical path activities and extending the project duration.
Once all issues have been resolved for all resources, we obtain the final start and finish times of the activities which is basically the schedule baseline of the project.
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