This article examines what Project managers understand as an effort…
Effort can be defined as the measure of labour that must be applied to the completion of a particular task or work package.
The unit for measuring effort in project management is always in person-days or person-hours or person-months. We are just referring to how many individuals will have to work on a particular task before it is been completed.
Take, for example, if you have to clear a plot of land, it might take one person ten days but you can send two people and it will take them only five days. That is what an effort is.
#1 Effort driven
Effort-driven is a term that is used to describe a task that can be completed faster if additional energy or labour is been applied to that particular task. It is just like the example of the clearing of land that I gave you earlier in this article.
#2 Elapsed time
Elapsed time is the actual calendar of time required for an activity from start to finish. It is the actual time it will take to complete a particular task.
Let’s say, for example, we want to develop a particular software which is going to take two weeks and there is labour unrest for a week. That means it will now take four weeks for the task to be completed. That is the elapsed time for that task.
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