Projects slack is a buffer against delays. Project activities that have slack are not on the critical path. But delays or procrastination can consume that slack, shift those tasks onto the critical path, and increase the risk to the project. Learning how to track and manage slack is an important competency for project leaders.
- Slack, it's a hidden part of every project plan.…And managing slack properly can make a huge difference…in how well your team is able to execute the plan.…In this video, we'll learn what slack is…and how to manage it like a pro.…If an activity on your project plan can be delayed…without pushing out the finish date…of the project, then that activity has slack.…Some people also call this float.…The amount of slack or float is the amount of time…that a task can be delayed without causing…a delay to the completion of the project.…
Tasks that are on the critical path…don't have any slack.…If any one of those tasks is delayed,…then it will delay the whole project.…But the tasks that aren't on the critical path…do have slack, and that can come in handy.…For example, let's look at a situation…that came up during the project at HPlus Sport.…There were two developers on the team working…on different activities at the same time.…One of the activities was on the critical path,…and the other one had five days of slack.…
Unfortunately, one of the two people caught the flu…
- Defining the vision
- Documenting the project scope
- Investigating potential options
- Conducting a SWOT analysis
- Selecting a course of action
- Resolving issues
- Building trust with transparency
- Managing project plans
- Identifying risks
- Changing processes
- Helping people transition
Skill Level Intermediate
Project Management Foundations: Teamswith Bob McGannon1h 29m Appropriate for all
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