Join Bonnie Biafore for an in-depth discussion in this video Paying more to shorten a schedule, part of Project Management Foundations: Schedules (2013).
If the project finish date is more important than the budget, spending money …to shorten the schedule is an option. This is known as crashing. …Most common crashing technique is adding more resources to a task. …This approach is effective, up to a point. …If you add too many resources, work starts to slow down as people get in each …other's way. Other options for spending more money …include paying for overtime, paying fees for faster delivery of materials. …Or paying for more expensive people, who can complete work quicker.…
Like any technique for shortening the schedule, the tasks you want to crash are …on the critical path, because they're the ones that directly determine the duration …of the project. First look for the longest tasks on the …critical path. Crashing can increase the risk for those tasks. …For instance, when you hire unfamiliar workers. …That's why it's good to keep the number of crash tasks to a minimum. …Crashing part of one long task duration might cut all the time you need out of …
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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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