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The Project Management Tool Kit: 100 Tips and Techniques for Getting the Job Done Right by Tom Kendrick

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Use Priorities to Explore Trade-offs

Review project priorities, and use brainstorming to develop plan modifications consistent with them. If schedule is the top priority, modify resources and scope as necessary to align project completion with the defined project deadline. Software tools for project management can make “what if?” exploration of project options easier.

Possible resource plan changes include:

  • Locating and rescheduling work to use resource undercommitments

  • Delaying noncritical work

  • Moving staff to more critical work from noncritical activities

  • Outsourcing or adding staff from other parts of the organization

  • Upgrading or replacing equipment to improve efficiency

  • Increasing performance through process improvement

  • Automating manual work ...

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