Defining “Demand” in PDWare
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An assignment is an association between a project and a resource
or skill from a resource organization. In PDWARE PORTFOLIO, an
assignment appears as a row on the EFFORT FORECASTS sheet. The
Effort Forecasts grid is where the resource manager enters the amount of
time per period a resource is required for work on a project. If
entering data in units of effort (Full Time Equivalent or FTE),
1.00 indicates one FTE/period. Demand and supply (capacity) can
also be entered in hours.
When you are scoping the resource requirements for a new project
or defining the requirements for an upcoming phase of an on-going
project,the demand should reflect the needs of the
project, even if that need creates overloading of
resources. Given the scope of the project and its target schedule,
how much effort is required from each resource in each time period?
At this point the priority of the project is usually not
After the scoping has been done (whether for a new project or
new phases of an existing project), the project team and functional
resource managers work through portfolio achievability analysis to
trade off timing, scope, and resources until agreement is reached.
At that pointthe resource baseline is set equal to the agreed
upon demand (in addition to schedule and scope
After the baseline is set, effort forecast values for resources
on the baselined project reflect the resource
manager's prediction of how resources will be deployed.
This can be thought of as the current staffing plan which may vary
from the baseline (but usually should not vary widely without
changes to scope or schedule).