Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Planning to speed up your project, part of Learning Gantt Charts.
- Now we come to the subject of speeding up your project,…if it's looking like it's going to deliver late.…If the plan is looking to slow before you start…then you need to speed up some part of it.…And this will have to be some of the tasks…on the critical path.…And maybe also some of the ones…on the nearly critical path.…The ones where the floating tasks have very little float.…Because otherwise, when you speed up the critical path…by shortening some of the tasks,…these other ones will then become the new longest path.…
Your options for speeding up these tasks are as follows.…Firstly, putting the money up.…Which might mean throwing more people at it,…or putting the quality down.…Not really a good choice but it might be unavoidable.…Thirdly, overlapping some of the tasks, if that's possible.…These are known as crashing the project.…Remember to focus on the biggest task first…because that's where the biggest gains can be found.…And always look out for the nearly critical paths…in parallel.…
If you need to speed things up during your project,…
- Describe the layout of a Gantt chart.
- Define the critical path.
- Differentiate between agile, scrum, and waterfall.
- Determine how to position the floating tasks.
- Explain when it’s ideal to use a Gantt template.
- Summarize why a Gantt chart is useful for communicating with customers.