Goal: Identify resource allocation problems

By reviewing resource information, such as assignments, availability, overallocations or underallocations, costs, and variances between planned and actual work, you can verify that resources are optimally assigned to tasks to get the results you want.

Tip: This article is part of a series of articles within the Project Map that describe a broad set of project management activities. We call these activities "goals" because they are organized around the project management life cycle: Build a plan, track and manage a project, and close a project.

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number 1 Review resource assignments     To ensure that important tasks have not been overlooked and that the most appropriate resources are assigned to do each task, you need to look at the task list or resource list with assignments listed.

Number 2 Check for overallocated or underallocated resources     Review each resource's total amount of work to ensure that neither too much nor too little work has been assigned.

Number 3 Review the variance between a resource's planned and actual work     Once the project is under way, reviewing the difference between expected work and what is actually being completed is important so that you can effectively balance resource workloads over time and distribute work among resources.

Number 4 Review resource cost variances     Review costs and variances per task, per resource, or per assignment to gauge the progress of individual resources and resources that are working together on a task.

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