The Erlang C traffic model makes some assumptions about the nature of the traffic into a call center (see https://www.erlang.com/support/cc-excel-faq/). They include
– Call arrivals are random
– Service times are exponential
– Callers are answered in the order of arrival
If call arrivals are not random, then Erlang C can tend to underestimate the agents needed. For example, if you have a sudden peak of calls, you’ll need more agents than normal to handle that peak.
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