The scheduling formula is always calculating quietly in the background, adjusting your project schedule based on the values you assign its three elements: Duration = Work ÷ Resource Units.
Project dates and deadlines are a top concern when you are planning a project. As you develop your project plan, you'll want to get some idea of when things will start and finish, and you may have a concrete date when the whole project needs to be completed.
Task duration is a critical factor. Your project's finish date is determined by the latest finish dates of its tasks, and those finish dates depend on how long it takes to complete their tasks.
The duration of each task is determined by the assigned resource units and estimated work (resource effort) and is calculated by this scheduling formula: Duration = Work ÷ Resource Units.
You can control which of the scheduling formula values has the most influence over a task's scheduling. As you progress through this lesson, you'll see how setting task types and applying effort-driven scheduling affect the scheduling formula.