Fast Tracking

Sometimes, no matter how well we plan, something happens that causes havoc on the project. Such is the case when either the customer or management changes the project's constraints. Consider Figure 11-19 and let us assume that the execution time for the construction of the project is one year. To prepare the working drawings and specifications down through level 5 of the WBS would require an additional 35 percent of the expected execution time, and if a feasibility study is required, then an additional 40 percent will be added on. In other words, if the execution phase of the project is one year, then the entire project is almost two years.

Now, let us assume that management wishes to keep the end date fixed but the start date is delayed because of lack of adequate funding. How can this be accomplished without sacrificing the quality? The answer is to fast-track the project. Fast-tracking a project means that activities that are normally done in series are done in parallel. An example of this is when construction begins before detail design is completed. (See Table 2-5 on life-cycle phases, on p. 83).

Figure 11-18. Modification of the brick wall.

APPROXIMATE PEHCENT OF CONSTRUCTION TIME

Figure 11-19. The information explosion. Source: R. M. Wideman, Cost Control of Capital Projects (Vancouver, B.C.: A.E.W. Service of Canada, 1983), p. 22.

APPROXIMATE PEHCENT OF CONSTRUCTION TIME

Figure 11-19. The information explosion. Source: R. M. Wideman, Cost Control of Capital Projects (Vancouver, B.C.: A.E.W. Service of Canada, 1983), p. 22.

Fast-tracking a job can accelerate the schedule but requires that additional risks be taken. If the risks materialize, then either the end date will slip or expensive rework will be needed. Almost all project-driven companies fast-track projects. The danger, however, is when fast-tracking becomes a way of life on all projects.

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