Holly is the project manager for her organization. In her project, she has worked with the project team to define when the project team will be utilized in the project, the duration of the project activities, and the sequence in which the project work must be completed. During several phases of her project, the project team will need to work more than fifty hours per week. The project team members have agreed this is necessary and they’re willing to do the work to complete the project.
Management, however, has not approved Holly’s schedule based on the overtime the scheduling will require. They have set a limit on the project schedule of 45
hours per week. What is this limit technically called? Each correct answer represents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.
C. Execution variance analysis
D. Resource leveling heuristic
Answer: A, D
Resource leveling is a rule of limiting the total number of hours a project team may work during a given time period in the project. If management restricts the project work to 45 per week, as in this example, Holly’s schedule will likely increase because the project team can’t complete as much work in one given time period. While this may be seen as a constraint, because it limits Holly’s options, it’s technically called a resource leveling heuristic.
Answer option B is incorrect. It is an assumption that’s believed to be true, but it hasn’t been proven to be true.
Answer option C is incorrect. Execution variance analysis describes the difference between what was planned and what was executed. A better term for this
experience would simply be a scope variance, scope change, or defect.