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Harvard Business Essentials Managing Projects Large and Small: The Fundamental Skills for Delivering on Budget and on Time by Harvard Business School Press

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7

Adjustments and Trade-Offs

More Fine Tuning

Key Topics Covered in This Chapter

  • What to do when a project cannot meet all the expectations of the sponsor and other stakeholders
  • Challenging assumptions, deadlines, resource allocations, and stated deliverables
  • Reevaluating the schedule, its underlying tasks, and task assignments

WE’VE ALREADY EXPLORED how a complex project can be broken down into a manageable set of component tasks and how those tasks can be scheduled. These two key project activities are likely to uncover discrepancies between the objectives stated in the charter and what the project team can deliver—and when. The work breakdown schedule exercise, for example, may reveal that company personnel are incapable of completing certain ...

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