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Effort Management

In Enterprise Architect, the Project Manager can allocate effort (as time) to work on a given model element. To select the element to which to allocate effort, click on the required element in the Browser window or a diagram.



Construct > Project Management > Effort : right-click | Add New

Keyboard Shortcuts

Select an Effort item on a diagram or on the 'Details' tab of the Inspector window, then press Shift+Enter

Enter effort allocation details for an element


Type the name or a brief description of the effort.


Type in the effort type or click on the drop-down arrow and select the type. The selection list is drawn from the global Effort Type list, but any new efforts you type in this field are not added to the list.


Type in the amount of time the effort is expected to expend.


Type in any additional notes or description of this effort.


Click on this icon to save the data you have entered and to add the entry to the 'Effort' list in the Effort window and the 'Details' tab of the Inspector window, and close the dialog.


Click on this button to discard the data you have entered, and close the dialog.


  • To edit existing Effort items for this element, display the record in the Project Tools window by either:
         -  Clicking on the 'Construct > Project Management > Effort' ribbon option and on the required item in the 'Effort' tab of the window, or
         -  Double-clicking on the item in the Project > Effort  list in the 'Details' tab of the Inspector window
  • To delete existing Effort items for an element, right-click on the item in the 'Effort' tab of the Project Tools window and click on the 'Delete' option
  • Although Enterprise Architect does not currently provide detailed reports on effort within a model, you can use the Automation Interface or similar tools to create your own custom reports based on effort information you enter

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