Schedule Volatility is a situation when a schedule (a project or employee schedule) tends to change over the time due to different factors which add unpredictability. An example of schedule volatility is a variable work week length that is associated with part-time workers whose usual hours tend to vary from week to week (hence their income tends to vary as well). Schedule volatility is a type of schedule behavior that excludes possibility of long-term planning as such a schedule is critically influenced by some factors which can be hardly predicted, or it is a schedule which updates often and regularly (let’s say weekly or monthly).
Cases of schedule volatility include:
- Working hours of part-time employees (such as technicians of all types or IT experts) who serve a cluster of different clients who may call them anytime in a case of some emergency (let’s say a server crush, pipe break, or anything like this);
- Delivery schedule which is influenced by customer demand (for example supply chain that links up bulk vendors and retailers), as the management of a bulk purchaser (a shop) derives amount and nomenclature of products they need to acquire weekly reasoning from current demand and inventory they have in storage;