Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Fast-tracking tasks to shorten a schedule, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
Remember those tasks that you linked together so one starts after the previous …one finishes? Once a project is under way, you can bend …the rules a little for those dependencies to shorten the schedule. …It's called fast-tracking, because you're pushing tasks to occur faster than they …normally would. The concept behind fast-tracking tasks is simple. …Overlap tasks that would normally run in sequence so that the second task starts …before the first one is finished. To do this, all you have to do is adjust …the task dependency to include negative live time as discussed when we covered Live.…
Because the goal is shortening the project schedule, candidates for fast …tracking are the tasks on the critical path. …That's because shortening tasks on the critical path shortens the entire schedule. …Here's an example from the sample project. …Initially, laying out the employee handbook doesn't start until the content …has been revised and approved, but the schedule needs to be a few days shorter. …
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- Identifying the work that needs to be done
- Adding milestones
- Delaying or overlapping tasks with lag and lead time
- Assigning resources
- Balancing workloads
- Adding buffers and baselines to the schedule
- Uncovering and correcting out schedule problems<br><br>
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Skill Level Appropriate for all
1. Understanding a Project Schedule
2. Identifying and Sequencing Tasks
3. Assigning Resources to Tasks
4. Planning to Balance Workloads
5. Optimizing Schedules
6. Managing Schedules
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