Estimating the amount of work necessary to complete portions of a project can be a major challenge. After factoring the personnel skills and resources available to the project team, other online tools can help the project manager narrow their estimates.
A traditional aid that has been used by many industries, and can be considered an icon in professional development is the “Dummies” series of books. Project Management for Dummies authored by our very own Stanley Portny has a good section on Estimating Required Work Effort. Since the book is written “for dummies” the text is easy to read and understand. Plus, icons spread throughout the book draw the reader’s attention highlighting important tpics.
The next job aid I discovered is another view of the same topic outlined in the “For Dummies” book. Duration Estimate templates are created by Project Management Docs and they can be used to estimate specific areas of a project with greater accuracy. I think this set of tools is an example of seeing information from a different perspective. If you are having a hard time understanding how to estimate a project’s duration, then the worksheets provided on this site may be of assistance.