Getting out from between Parkinson's rock and Murphy's hard place

The need for speedy project delivery and the need for reliable project delivery are two conflicting aspects of projects that must be reconciled by project managers. Within the Critical Chain Scheduling and Buffer Management approach, the impacts of Parkinson's Law ('work expanding to fill the time allowed') are decreased by the elimination of task due dates and the impacts of Murphy's Law ('anything that can go wrong, will go wrong') are handled at the project level. This article discusses strategies for avoiding Parkinson's Law as well as ways of avoiding the impacts of Murphy's Law (variations in critical tasks).
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