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Realigning the Plan

After you review the big picture, it might become clear that the plan must be realigned to meet the strategic objectives of the project. The following sections suggest strategies for reviewing the plan in more detail in order to realign the plan with the initial project objectives.

Shortening the Critical Path

Your review might indicate that the project is now finishing late. It is therefore necessary to reduce 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. In order to affect the finish date, it is necessary to first identify the tasks that are directly affecting the project finish date—the critical path—and second, to make necessary revisions to those tasks.


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