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Chapter 16: Getting your project back on track
Getting your project
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back on track
IN THIS CHAPTER, YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO
Address a missed deadline by adjusting task details such as task relationships and
resource assignments.
Reduce cost and overallocation by replacing resources assigned to tasks.
Reduce project scope by deleting or inactivating tasks.
After work has started on a project, addressing variance is not a one-time event, but
instead is an ongoing effort by the project manager. The specific way in which you should
respond to variance depends on the type of variance and the nature of the project. In this
chapter, we’ll focus on some of the many variance problems that can arise during a project
as work progresses. We’ll frame these problems around the project triangle , described in
detail in Appendix A, “A short course in project management.”
Time
Cost
Scope
In short, the project triangle model frames a project in terms of time (or duration), cost (or
budget), and scope (the project work required to produce a satisfactory deliverable ). In this
model time, cost, and scope are interconnected; therefore, changing one element can affect
the other two. For purposes of identifying, analyzing, and addressing problems in project
management, you’ll find it useful to it problems into one of these three categories.
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