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Check external dependencies. If you’ve inserted a hyperlinked task to
represent another project and set dependencies with tasks in your
project, check with the other project manager to see whether he or she can
hurry up some tasks. Or if the timing relationship isn’t absolutely
critical, delete the hyperlink to the other project. It could be slowing you
down more than you realize.
If you’ve set resource leveling to automatic, Project may have delayed some
tasks until overbooked resources are freed up. Choose Tools
Level
Resources and change the setting to Manual.
When All Else Fails
Okay. You’ve monkeyed with resource assignments and shifted task
dependencies around to save time, and deleted tasks and assigned cheaper
workers to save money. Still, it’s not enough. This is the scenario where you have
to say to your boss, “You can have it on time, you can have it on budget, or
you can have quality work: Choose two.”
If your boss throws money at you, go ahead and add resources to tasks, as
discussed in the earlier section, “Throwing people at the problem.” If she
opts for time or quality, read on.
All the time in the world
If your boss is willing to give you more time, grab it. When you do, you have
to update your project in a few ways:
Add to slack. If you have a Slack task, you can simply add to its
duration, giving more waffle room to all other tasks. (See Chapter 10 for more
about slack.)
Modify task durations. Take tasks that are running late and give them
more time to be accomplished. In Project, this means increasing their
durations or pushing out their start dates to a later time.
Review your task constraints. If you specified that some tasks couldn’t
finish any later than a certain date but now you’re moving your deadline
out three months, you may be able to remove or adjust those original
constraints accordingly.
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