In this video, you'll learn a few approaches for shortening project schedules.
- [Voiceover] Stakeholders can be an impatient bunch.…You estimate the project finish date…and more often than not, they ask you…if you can deliver it sooner.…Fast-tracking, crashing, and cutting scope…are a few techniques you can use…to shorten the project schedule.…With fast-tracking, you overlap tasks…that normally occur one after the other.…For example, if you want to finish…installing equipment more quickly,…you could have some folks start configuring equipment…while others finish placing equipment in rooms.…
Fast-tracking is simple to do,…because you just overlap two tasks…with Finish-to-Start dependencies.…The best tasks to fast-track are tasks…on the critical path.…That's because you shorten the project schedule…when you shorten the critical path.…In addition, fast-track the longest tasks…on the critical path.…They shorten the schedule…while introducing the fewest number…of risks and changes.…
Which brings us to the disadvantage of fast-tracking.…It increases risk.…When you overlap tasks, work that's already complete…
Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated by how things work and how to make things work better. In this course, she explains the fundamentals of project management, from defining the problem, establishing project goals and objectives, and building a project plan to managing team resources, meeting deadlines, and closing the project. Along the way, she provides tips for reporting on project performance, keeping a project on track, and gaining customer acceptance.
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- Defining the components of a project
- What it takes to be a project manager
- Using project management software like Microsoft Project
- Managing project scope, budget, and schedule
- Managing project resources, including people
- Managing project risk
- Initiating a project
- Identifying and managing stakeholders
- Identifying requirements and deliverables
- Developing a project plan
- Building a project schedule
- Assigning resources to tasks
- Understanding the critical path
- Running the project
- Managing teams
- Monitoring performance
- Closing a project
Skill Level Beginner
Project Management Foundations: Communication (2014)with Doug Rose1h 47m Intermediate
1. Getting to Know Project Management
2. Exploring Project Management Knowledge Areas
3. First Things First
How to develop requirements4m 19s
4. Developing a Project Plan
5. Building a Project Schedule
6. While You Run the Project
7. Working with Teams
8. Monitoring and Controlling Progress and Performance
9. Closing a Project
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