7 September 2005

Learning from Timesheets

Still on last night's lecture; A suggestion was made that timesheet activities should be mapped against WBS activities so that you (or the organization managing the timesheet) can learn to estimate better from the information.

The idea is that if a timesheet is mapped to an activity, say developing a Training Plan, then over time an accurate picture is developed about how long a training plan should take.

Of course most timesheets are not recorded at that level, rather they map to a project or cost centre's allocation to the project, which works is a particular person is allocated to the one task of developing the training plan. And that's rarely the case.

So - a thought, and an opportunity for improvement.

I just added this idea to wikipedia's timesheet article.

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