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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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21. Step 9: Duration Reduction without Compromise

The Premise

The project planning team now thoroughly understands the total network logic (tasks, interdependencies, resources, and time estimates that enable the accomplishment of the project scope, objectives, and tangible deliverables). It’s time to determine the duration of the project to see where to focus to reduce overall project lead time. For most projects, when the time estimates that you’ve obtained in Step 8 are plugged into the network, the software provides a duration that is longer (often much longer) than the executives and other stakeholders find acceptable. Therefore, the premise of this chapter is that the network building team must be prepared to go through some iterations ...

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