Project Schedule Compression Techniques

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So you have been tasked with reducing your project timelines! Are you sure where you want to start? We are here to give you top strategies to working upon cutting those project timelines with a few project scheduling techniques:

Crashing

Most Project Managers swear by this technique! Crashing technically means adding resources to a Project to get the tasks done faster . With this technique, resources are added to the project for the least cost possible. Cost and schedule tradeoffs are analyzed to determine how to obtain the greatest amount of compression for the least incremental cost. And crashing is expensive because more resources are added to the project.

Industry Examples

  • For one of the IT infra Projects where we were implementing a huge number of IPT devices {Internet Telephony} we crashed the timelines by making an extra engineer travel to the customer site
  • We added a remote team of Technical Design Architects{TDA’s} for writing router codes and IPT configuration files for large scale IT projects{involving implementation of routers and Internet Telephony devices}. This team would work with Architects and reduced the time required to generate configuration documents for a large scale successful implementation
  • Simply allowing overtime to get the tasks done faster may be one of the easiest examples to think of
  • Identification of teams and outsourcing some tasks to them could be also termed as one of the Crashing techniques
Didn’t Crashing mean as it sounds?

Fast Tracking

Most project managers love to live in the world of Finish to Start relationships.Fast tracking is a technique where activities that would have been performed sequentially using the original schedule are performed in parallel. In other words, fast tracking a project means the activities are worked on simultaneously instead of waiting for each piece to be completed separately. But fast tracking can only be applied if the activities in question can actually be overlapped

Industry Examples

  • In IT infra implementations setting up a MPLS can prove to be an arduous task as new leased line set ups can take as much as 12 weeks or a quarter. If a new site set up is underway the MPLS and Facilities Infra can be implemented simultaneously
  • Project Hiring and Payroll set up are other tasks that are often subject to Fast Tracking
  • IT Infra set up & Training are also put to test by some PM’s for fast tracking a project

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