Estimating the number of work periods needed to complete individual activities with estimated resources.


Provides the amount of time each activity will take to complete, which is a major input into the Develop Schedule process.


Estimating activity durations uses information on activity scope of work, required resource types, estimated resource quantities, and resource calendars. The inputs of the estimates of activity duration originate from the person or group on the project team who is most familiar with the nature of the work in the specific activity. The duration estimate is progressively elaborated, and the process considers the quality and availability of the input data. For example, as more detailed and precise data is available about the project engineering and design work, the accuracy of the duration estimates improves. Thus, the duration estimate can be assumed to be progressively more accurate and of better quality.

The Estimate Activity Durations process requires an estimation of the amount of work effort required to complete the activity and the number of available resources estimated to complete the activity. These estimates are used to approximate the number of work periods (activity duration) needed to complete the activity using the appropriate project and resource calendars. All data and assumptions that support duration estimating are documented for each estimate of activity duration.



  • Schedule Management Plan
  • Activity List
  • Activity Attributes
  • Activity Resource Requirements
  • Resource Calendars
  • Project Scope Statement
  • Risk Register
  • Resource Breakdown Structure< >


  • Activity Duration Estimates
  • Update Project Documents


  • Expert Judgment
  • Analogous Estimating
  • Parametric Estimating
  • Three-Point Estimating
  • Group Decision-Making Techniques
  • Reserve Analysis

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