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I don’t know of anyone that wants to deliver projects slower. So, speed things up using these ideas. As a Project Manager, you will always be under pressure to deliver your project faster than people expect.
It’s a tough challenge, but by using the tips and tricks listed below you can deliver your project before the deadline and reduce your stress along the way.
Here are 5 tips for delivering projects faster…
Find shortcuts in your schedule
When you start the project you create the best schedule you can given the information you know at the time.
However, as the project progresses you know more. Use this enhanced knowledge to find shortcuts in your remaining work.
Each week when you update the schedule take time to evaluate the remaining work. It is likely you can find ways to get things done with less effort.
Automate manual tasks
See if you can automate your manual tasks to help you do things faster. For example:
Summarizing data for your weekly status reports
Collating timesheets and expense forms
Updating the schedule with timesheet data
Deciding if you are on-schedule
Reporting on risks, changes and issues
You don’t need to perform these tasks manually. You can invest in project software to do all this for you.
Your team will enter the data you need and the software will group and summarize it all for you.
All you need to do is run reports and view the current status of your schedule to ensure it remains on track.
Manage execution carefully
When your project gets underway, manage your schedule vigilantly. You should make sure the team only works on activities that are assigned, and not other one-off activities that pop up along the way.
Double up on resources on the critical path
Usually, the easiest way to shorten the length of the project is to assign more resources to it.
However, this isn’t possible for many projects because they have a limited budget and a limited pool of resource.
But that’s not to say that you can’t double up on resources for the right activities. It just means that if you do this, then other activities will be under-resourced. So why would you do this?
There are activities on the “critical path” that must be completed to deliver the project on time.
If you assign more resources to these activities than are necessary, you can usually complete them earlier than expected.
And it makes sense that if every critical path task is completed faster, then the entire project will be delivered quicker than expected.
Get the complex activities done first (when possible)
In many projects the last 10% of activities take 20% of the length of the project. This is because the team has left difficult activities until the end, which happens to be when they are tired.
Instead, identify the activities in your schedule that are the most complex and challenging to complete.
And if possible, tackle those activities at the start of the project, when people are fresh and enthusiastic.
You’ll find that they can complete those activities in less time and to a higher standard of quality than if they were left until the end of the project.
And with those difficult activities completed, the rest of the project should be easier to deliver.
This column is © copyright to www.Method123.com and originally appeared in their weekly project management tip newsletter.
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