Schedule Matrix is a flat, two-dimensional table that shows relationships between dates, activities and human resources which all together are planned ahead by an associated schedule. The elements of schedule matrix tell how many times each employee performs an assigned activity and what amount of working hours this employee consumes. The matrix aims to help planners reach optimum allocation of human resources in terms of time available and activities scheduled.
Schedule matrices are widely used in project and business management to justify HR allocation by time and activities. A project manager can use schedule matrix as a mechanism for calculating working hours allocated for every project staff member and defining what amount of work (activities) the employee is responsible for.
Along with the key elements (time, activities and human resources), a typical schedule matrix may include one more element – score. Score is a qualitative measure that counts all the three elements to determine a percentage of effort per employee. Score shows whether an employee is effective in terms of time consumed and activities performed. This measure can be used as additional information for evaluating employee performance.