Time tamers

Four case studies reveal the winning strategies project professions used to combat time constraints—especially as circumstances changed

With project teams spread across organizations and continents, keeping efforts on schedule has become increasingly complex. This article discusses four case studies and reveals winning strategies that these project professionals used to combat time constraints. Each case study identifies the challenge, scheduling techniques, end results, and scheduling takeaway. The first case study focuses on holding team members accountable when working on a 28-month, 145 million construction project at Heathrow Airport in London, England. The second case study explores trimming time off of a schedule on a US$3 billion environmental restoration program launched by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The third case study addresses salvaging an "unrealistic" commitment when bidding on an oil storage facility project in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The fourth case study discusses saving a project that bypassed due diligence when a project team building an industrial plant in Thailand did not plan for country-specific front-end requirements.
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