Planning for reserve hours in the schedule RRS feed

  • Question

  • We would like to plan for a 10% reserve in our schedule.  Can someone give me an idea of the best way to handle this in the schedule.  We have been entering a task with the reserve hours/$s into the schedule as a task named reserve.  Is it best to have this spread across the project (this requires re-aligning the hours each week they are not needed) or to add these hours at the end of the project and pull, if/when needed?


    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:41 PM

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  • Charlie,

    I don't think there is any best way to add "pad" to your plan. It all boils down to what works best for you. Here are a couple other thoughts, they may or may not be any better for your plan.

    Incorporate a 10% reserve into each task. The upside is that the reserve is automatically distributed and you won't need to continually tweak the plan add pad. The downside is that by adding the reserve into each task, you may not be able to create a plan that meets the end milestone or deadline.

    Set aside a 10% reserve in a planning package at the end of the plan. A planning package is simply a general description with a budget. Draw from this reserve as necessary during plan execution.

    Similar to the above, but set aside the reserve in a separate management plan, not part of the active plan. This has the advantage of not directly impacting the main plan's network logic or budget, but yet is available if needed.

    Hope this helps.


    Tuesday, January 29, 2013 5:00 PM