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What is the difference between crashing and fast tracking?

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It looks to me that they're both the same, as they both are there to forcefully reduce the project schedule.

Is there any difference between crashing and fast tracking, or are they both different terms for the same concept?
asked 3 years ago by anonymous

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Crashing is adding more resources to the project to reduce the project schedule.  Fast tracking is finding more work to do in parallel (without adding resources) to reduce the project schedule.  So they are different techniques with the same goal -- reducing the time it takes to complete a project.  

Both need to be approached carefully.  In complex projects, there may be time needed for resources to come up to speed if they are added in the middle of a project.  Likewise doing more work in parallel may introduce more risks.
answered 3 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)
in easy to remember term Crashing is when you approve extra hours, night or weekend hours or you assign more resources to compress schedule, Fast-tracking is when you start multiple task in parrelal so that schedule is compressed. I hope this helps you understand difference. -Ajit Giri
3 years ago by anonymous

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