Resource Leveling

Resource leveling is a key element to resource management for projects and the organization's portfolio where start and end dates of tasks are driven by resource limitations.  It is a technique that is used to resolve conflicts from resource over-allocation by optimising resource task assignments. 

If adding more resources is not an option, leveling can typically be accomplished by delaying tasks, or splitting tasks.  The methods chosen depend on project constraints and flexibility. Caution should be used when leveling resources by splitting tasks.  This technique can negatively impact productivity.

Common techniques used to determine how to level resources include critical path, crashing, and fast-tracking.

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