Define the Project
List the tasks
Estimate times and costs for each task
Find the critical path
Consider crashing or overlapping critical tasks
Draw Gantt (bar) chart
Calculate resource requirements over time
Assess risks, and prepare action plans
Monitor progress to the Gantt chart
Monitor cumulative cost
Communicate progress and changes
Review: learn and praise
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5. Consider crashing or overlapping critical tasks
- If the critical path is too long you may decide to overlap tasks – this is usually more risky, but quicker.
- Your other choice is to crash a task – which means throw money (or people) at it in order to do it more quickly. This usually means it will be more expensive in the end, and possibly of a lower quality too.
- If you crash a critical task there is a risk that something else in parallel with it will become critical as well.
- The best tasks to crash are those which are a) critical, b) long and c) not in parallel with others.