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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Refine Effort Estimates and Reconcile with Duration Estimates

Adjust effort estimates for your specific project. Consider resource and staffing factors such as:

  • Project constraints and assumptions

  • Required skills analysis and staff capabilities

  • Staff availability

  • Staff productivity

  • Activities that are not fully staffed by named, committed contributors

  • Delays in staff acquisition

  • Potential turnover

  • The project work environment and frequency of interruptions

  • Team size

  • Communications and meetings

  • Geographical separation of team members

  • Conflicting project priorities with other work

  • Training and learning curve issues

Effort estimation and activity duration estimation are closely linked. Which you do first for project planning does not matter much, but ensure ...

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