Once a project is underway, you can shorten the schedule by bending the rules a little for those dependencies. Learn how fast-tracking can shorten a schedule and how to apply it effectively
- Remember those activities you link together…so one starts after the previous one finishes?…Once a project is underway, you can shorten the schedule…by bending the rules a little for those dependencies.…It's called fast-tracking, because you're pushing activities…to occur faster than they normally would.…The concept behind fast-tracking is simple.…Overlap activities that normally would run in sequence,…so the second one starts before the first one is finished.…
When you do this though,…you have to watch the predecessor for delays.…If its finish date delays,…you'll have to delay the second activity too.…Because the goal is shortening the project schedule,…candidates for fast-tracking…are activities on the critical path,…that's because shortening the critical path…shortens the entire schedule.…In this example, suppose the production editor…doesn't start working on layout…until the manuscript is done.…
To shorten the schedule,…the production editor could start laying out the chapters…as the writers complete them.…
Note: This course aligns with best practices from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, published by the Project Management Institute®.
- Developing a schedule management plan
- Identifying project activities
- Adding milestones
- Organizing work
- Estimating duration and work
- Handling lag in dependencies
- Defining resources
- Assigning resources to activities
- Working with part-time and remote workers
- Fine-tuning assignments
- Optimizing schedules
- Managing and changing schedules
Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Organizing Activities
3. Sequencing Activities
4. Assigning Resources to Tasks
5. Fine-Tuning Assignments
6. Optimizing Schedules
Baseline the schedule2m 12s
7. Managing Schedules
Next steps2m 33s
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