What is bus number (What's your bus number?)? - Definition from WhatIs.com

Definition

bus number (What's your bus number?)

Part of the Project management glossary:

In project management, the bus number is the number of team members whose loss would endanger a project. For example, if there are two people on a team that are essential to a project's success, the project's bus number is two -- if those two team members were hit by a bus, the project would be in trouble. 

One is the least desirable bus number because it means that one or more team members possess knowledge that nobody else has. If any team member with unshared knowledge is moved to another team, quits or becomes otherwise incapacitated, the project will be in jeopardy.

In a whole-team approach to project management, the goal is to make a project's bus number as close to the actual number of team members as possible. For instance, if there are ten people on a team using the whole-team approach, the team's bus number should be nine. That means that if nine members of the team were run over by a bus, the surviving member could bring replacement team members up to speed quickly. 

 

Continue reading about bus number:

What's your bus number?

This was last updated in November 2011
Contributor(s): Russ Swall, Visionpace
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • critical path method (CPM)

    - The CPM was developed in the 1950s by DuPont, and was first used in missile-defense construction projects. Since that time the CPM has been adapted to other fields including hardware and software p... (WhatIs.com)

  • use case diagram (UML use case diagram)

    - A use case is a methodology used in system analysis to identify, clarify, and organize system requirements; a use case diagram is a graphic depiction of the interactions among the elements of a sys... (WhatIs.com)

  • 70 percent rule for productivity

    - According to the 70 percent rule, which has its roots in athletics, employees are most productive when a majority of their time is spent working at a less intense pace. That way, when work demands ... (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Project management

    - Terms related to project management, including definitions about project management methodologies and tools.

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.