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Fundamentals of Project Management, Third Edition by James P. Lewis

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Assigning Resources to Tasks

I have already said that the first step in developing a schedule is to assume that you have unlimited resources, because this is the best situation you can ever assume, and if you can’t meet your project completion date with an unlimited resource schedule, you may as well know it early. However, once you have determined that the end date can somehow be met, you now must see whether your unlimited resource assumption has overloaded your available resources.

Normally you will find that you have people double- and triple-scheduled, which clearly won’t work. These kinds of resource overloads can be resolved only by using computer software, except for very simple schedules. This is where the software really excels, and ...

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