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Productivity Rates
I've been using productivity rates (MHRS/Unit Rate) for activities to track that all activities are being executed within Budget.

What is your experience or your opinion about using Productivity Rate as a tracking option ?
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I have started using productivity rates few times ago but I think that is one of the best method to track and estimate tasks. Maybe it is not simple when the task includes creativity/development activities as the design a new mechanical instrument, but if you find an adequate unit rate and combine evaluation with historical data it gives good indication about task estimation and status.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 06, 2016 1:42 AM
Rami Kaibni
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This is very true Paolo. Thanks for your input.
Jan 06, 2016 1:18 AM
Replying to Paolo Cornali
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I have started using productivity rates few times ago but I think that is one of the best method to track and estimate tasks. Maybe it is not simple when the task includes creativity/development activities as the design a new mechanical instrument, but if you find an adequate unit rate and combine evaluation with historical data it gives good indication about task estimation and status.
This is very true Paolo. Thanks for your input.
Productivity Rates for manufacturing are fine but when it comes to IT, You really can not benchmark but just track the activity to complete within estimates.
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2 replies by Paolo Cornali and Rami Kaibni
Jan 06, 2016 2:13 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Yes, I agree with this. Productivity rates are not applicable for all types of projects. Manufacturing, Construction, and similar industries, it can apply for.
Jan 07, 2016 12:34 AM
Paolo Cornali
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It's true that in some projects is more difficult than others, but I think that productivity rates can be used also in the software or database development and programming. Unit rates could be i.e. number of code lines written, number of cycles implemented and tested, number of the database tables created or similar. What do you think?
Jan 06, 2016 2:10 AM
Replying to Pravin Kumar Shrivastava
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Productivity Rates for manufacturing are fine but when it comes to IT, You really can not benchmark but just track the activity to complete within estimates.
Yes, I agree with this. Productivity rates are not applicable for all types of projects. Manufacturing, Construction, and similar industries, it can apply for.
Jan 06, 2016 2:10 AM
Replying to Pravin Kumar Shrivastava
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Productivity Rates for manufacturing are fine but when it comes to IT, You really can not benchmark but just track the activity to complete within estimates.
It's true that in some projects is more difficult than others, but I think that productivity rates can be used also in the software or database development and programming. Unit rates could be i.e. number of code lines written, number of cycles implemented and tested, number of the database tables created or similar. What do you think?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 07, 2016 12:43 AM
Rami Kaibni
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I think it can be used but for such small projects in a controlled environment, there are better more straight forward ways to monitor progress. If you want to be anal with the team members and see how many programing lines and codes they do a day, you can but it won't be of much benefit to you, I am not an IT expert but this is what I believe.
Jan 07, 2016 12:34 AM
Replying to Paolo Cornali
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It's true that in some projects is more difficult than others, but I think that productivity rates can be used also in the software or database development and programming. Unit rates could be i.e. number of code lines written, number of cycles implemented and tested, number of the database tables created or similar. What do you think?
I think it can be used but for such small projects in a controlled environment, there are better more straight forward ways to monitor progress. If you want to be anal with the team members and see how many programing lines and codes they do a day, you can but it won't be of much benefit to you, I am not an IT expert but this is what I believe.

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