Project Management

The Fast Track to Delay

Ahmed Sedky is the Director and founder of Integrated Consultancy Inc., a Canadian company specialized in Project Management and Construction Claims Consulting.

The Olympics, FIFA World Cup and other major event-related projects that have carved-in-stone completion dates require a more dynamic way of management. Acceleration is very common on such projects; it’s very rare that such projects have enough time to finish on schedule without the need for acceleration/schedule compression measures such as fast tracking or crashing.

The following article discuss how fast tracking can lead to project delays, showing the most common risk and pitfalls when applying the technique. It will focus on examples from some projects in Qatar.

PMI defines fast tracking as “a specific project schedule compression technique that changes network logic to overlap phases they would normally be done in sequence, such as the design phase and construction phase, or to perform schedule activities in parallel.”

…and defines crashing as “a specific type of project schedule compression technique performed by taking action to decrease the total project schedule duration after analyzing a number of alternatives to determine how to get the maximum schedule duration compression for the least additional cost. Typical approaches for crashing a schedule include reducing schedule activity durations and increasing the assignment of resources on schedule activities.”

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