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Is Everybody Happy?

Kenneth E. Atwater, PMP

PM Network 60 (November 1999)

As any seasoned project manager knows, the answer to the question, “Is everybody happy?” is a resounding, “NO!” Well, not all at the same time, anyway. Every project manager has to deal with the triple constraint of balancing time, cost, and quality. (Some refer to schedule, budget, and performance, which are essentially the same things.)

As professionals we use many tools to keep things in balance. We develop detailed schedules with the most powerful project management software available. Reports are generated showing the critical path, total float, and free float. Earned value calculations are developed to make sure that the project stays on budget as well as for trends ...

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