Project Management Institute

Pick up the Pace

When Schedules are Compressed, Project Managers Should Focus on Team Engagement and Cohesion

David Barbieri, PMP, knows how to put the pedal to the metal. When he was given 12 months to complete a construction project that would normally take 24, he didn't roll up his sleeves and start compressing the schedule straightaway. With his timeline cut in half, he doubled down on building a cohesive project team. "I got a cross-functional group in a room together and challenged them: We start now and end here. How do you do it?" recalls Mr. Barbieri, an industrial project manager for Kemira, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. "It might mean a new process or more money, but everything is possible. If people really think it's not possible, I need them off the team."
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