On the right track

From construction to IT, fast-tracking--running project steps concurrently or overlapping to save time--is a tempting choice when a project swerves off schedule, a sponsor moves the delivery date or an organization wants to beat a competitor to market. This article discusses how project managers can decide whether to move their projects to the fast lane. In doing so, it lists four questions that should be asked of any project being considered for fast-track status: Is it feasible? Are there sufficient resources available? Is everyone on board? What is the right level of control? The article then cautions that project managers cannot lose sight of one all-important factor when deciding to fast-track a project: reality. Accompanying the article is a sidebar discussing situations when fast-tracking does not apply.
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