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Review Project Audit Results


Key Question: Are there enough resources to complete the remaining effort?

"In the previous chapter we discussed the work ratio - the planning rule comparing the remaining work effort to the amount of remaining resource hours. Runaway projects not only have huge amounts of expended effort, but they also tend to have huge amounts of remaining effort as well. When you discover your work ratio is much greater than 1, you probably have a project that is out of balance. There is a delicate balance within all projects of scope, schedule and resources. In a well-balanced project, the scope, schedule and resource blocks are all level like a child's mobile. When you add pressure to one of the blocks, either one or both of the other blocks is out of balance and needs an adjustment. For example if you add more scope to the project without increasing the resources, the schedule will not be made. Likewise, if you cut the schedule without increasing resources you cannot deliver the scope. You must keep the project in balance if you expect a successful completion."


The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.