Task Classification is a division of tasks by certain facets that identify different aspects, properties or characteristics of every task. It involves carrying out an analysis of tasks to identify their nature and type and to determine what facets are common and can be used to create task classes or categories.
Classifying tasks means analyzing different task facets to identify what facets are similar or same and to explore any of the tasks that can be grouped by those facets. The following facets are typical to most tasks:
- Performer: a person, group or organization that does a task.
- Time: duration and frequency of a task.
- Cost: funds required to cover all expenses related to task accomplishment
- Approach: actions required to complete a task.
- Priority: how actions are sequenced and organized.
- Product: results of task completion.
- Goal: quality and quantity of task product.
- Oversight: a supervisory scheme used to track and control task performance.
Facet-based classification of tasks contributes to effective task planning and control, because it allows defining and grouping tasks by certain facets or attributes. Task classification makes it easier to group tasks into checklists, to-do lists and projects.