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Chapter 12. Reviewing the Project Plan > Shortening the Critical Path

Shortening the Critical Path

The preceding sections looked at the project plan from a variety of perspectives: changing the timescale, zooming in or out for more or less detail, filtering the list to only see certain tasks, and rearranging the task list in a different order. This section turns its attention to making some changes that might have been identified as a result of the earlier work and reducing the overall duration of the project to schedule the finish date sooner (or the start date later for a project that is scheduled from the finish date). The popular phrase for this process is crashing the schedule.

To reduce the duration of the project, you must reduce the duration of the tasks or overlap the tasks so that the combined duration of all the tasks is not as great. Reducing the duration of individual tasks might be no more complicated than reassessing the estimated duration and entering a more optimistic figure. Often, however, to reduce the overall duration of the project requires much more effort:


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