Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Speeding up your plan, part of Project Management Simplified.
- Okay, so now we move on to step five,…which is to speed up your project if you need to.…You might be delighted with 34 weeks,…it might not be a problem.…But let's suppose that you need the project in 30.…How can you save four weeks on this plan?…Now, before I get into that, I just want to make…a really important point, which is don't think about real…deadlines while you're creating this diagram.…If you really do have a deadline of 30,…put that out of your mind when you're estimating these.…Because if you start thinking, "Well, we can't put 10…"for the permit, we'll have to put six…"because we've only got 30 weeks overall."…If you write six on this Post-it note,…all that means now is you've got an inaccurate plan.…
Just means your plan is wrong.…That's still going to take 10 when you actually get there.…So you must put what is true on here…and then as a separate step after that,…you need to think, "How can we do it quicker?"…So that's our question, "How can we do this quicker?…"How can we save four weeks?"…Well, for start, there's no point in saving time on anything…
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- Defining project scope
- Deciding how to list tasks
- Estimating costs and time
- Planning for risk
- Staying on budget