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Resource Allocation Matrix (RAM)

The Resource Allocation Matrix is a simple matrix that can be used in initial planning to allocate tasks to people.

It has tasks in rows and people in columns, with the cells showing which tasks are allocated to which people. It is then easy to look across the rows to ensure that enough people are allocated to each task, and down the columns to ensure people are not over- or under-loaded.

It does not show how the tasks are allocated over time (this may be done subsequently with a Gantt Chart).

The chart can be extended by showing people and tasks in hierarchies, and by adding other columns, such as the total estimated time for a task, which is then split across several people and shown in the appropriate cells.

See also:

L-Matrix, Gantt Chart

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