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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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16. Step 4: Additional Dependencies— First Risk Avoidance

The Premise

One type of chaos that occurs when executing projects is to assign a resource to a task, only to discover after starting the task that some prior task’s output was needed and is not ready. The resource manager had scheduled to use that resource in order to ensure that the project continues progressing. Now, the resource manager has two problems to overcome: first, what to do with this resource, and secondly, when will he/she actually be able to assign this task and what impact will this have on the project? If this happens once a month, everyone can live with it. But if project network teams do not follow Step 4 in the network building process, this type of chaos could ...

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