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IT Project Management, 2nd Edition by Joseph Phillips

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7.5. Working with Project Constraints

A constraint is a boundary or limit based on the project. You've dealt with constraints before: a preset budget for your project, an inflexible deadline, limited availability of computer hardware, locating a resource with a specific skill. Constraints are any factors that can limit your options. They must be documented, their risks examined, and then the project manager must plan on how to meet the project objectives with the identified constraints.

When it comes to scheduling activities, you can also create constraints on the relationships you assign between your activities. For example, an FS relationship is constrained by the completion of the predecessor before the successor can begin. This is a natural ...

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