Types of activities
The different types of activities are relevant to scheduling and forms of changing and crashing (accelerating) a schedule:
- Duration can be changed.
- The duration of the activity can be halved if the resources are doubled (experienced employees).
- Examples: programming, digging drawing work
- Speed up: add more people
- Activities where the duration is determined by a process that must be implemented to achieve the desired result
- Characterized by that it can't be rushed
- Examples: pregnancy, curing of concrete, training and education of employees
- Speed up example: Difficult, in some cases through e.g. change of equipment
- Activities where a certain procedure must be followed
- The uncertainty related to the outcome of the procedure.
- Examples: steering committee meetings, consultation of stakeholders
- Speed up example: Ebola and the change on regulation
- Activities to solve a problem.
- Innovation is paramount. Can be difficult to estimate the duration
- Examples: design tasks, development, creative tasks
- Speed up example: difficult, through intermediary deadlines or forcing an end - 'time boxing'