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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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4. The Biggest Leverage Point for Improving

The Premise

A project task is ready to be worked on when all preceding tasks on which it is dependent are complete and all other elements that the task needs to begin are ready. Study how project tasks behave during execution of a project, and you will quickly see two common, underlying problems:

  1. Most tasks, when ready, wait either to start being worked on or wait for significant periods of time while actively assigned to a resource.

  2. Some of the time almost every task incurs is rework time, because the task was not defined clearly enough to begin with or because the resource made some mistakes in doing the task.

To explain the waiting, picture a typical work environment. A manager who wants ...

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