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Problems with projects finished ahead of schedule

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I know that it's generally a good thing for projects to be finished ahead of schedule, but I'm sure that there are downsides for this. For example, the company might not be ready for the project to be finished at that time or the resources allocated to the project will be left with no work to do.

Can someone list all the problem associated with finishing projects ahead of schedule?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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In general, the issues would potentially be unproductive resources and unproductive budget.  Any full time employees without another project to go to become overhead.  

There are productive and innovative ways to hanlde this however.  For example, there are often low priority, low risk projects that are always delayed due to lack of resources or budget.  You can use these times to fill in progress on these types of projects.  

For example, while at Siebel Systems I organized a group of "benched" consultants to develop a partner guide to Siebel Certification.  The environment was virtual and global, so we were immediately able to think about future translations of materials.  This benefited partners that felt they weren't sufficiently prepared for certification, strengthed the knowledge of the internal consultants, and completed a project that might not otherwise have been completed.  The positive outcome for me was recognition via a move into the PMO.
answered 10 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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