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Can you schedule a project from the finish date?

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I heard that some project managers schedule their projects from the finish date (they don't set a start date), is this true? And why would any project manager want to do that?
asked 10 years ago by anonymous

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Yes, this is sometimes referred to a "Pull" or "Backflush" Schedule and is the absolute best way to ensure that you focus strictly on a customer-need date.  In layman's terms, this schedule is "drawn right to left" or "backwards."
answered 9 years ago by anonymous
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This is the best way to schedule a project which has a drop dead delivery date.  You may have to alter the expenses, scope, quality, etc. but you will get to honor the end date.
answered 9 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)
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Here's an example: Let's say that you want your project to be finished on November 1st, so you can launch your product for Christmas season.

In the above example you know your finish date, so you start calculating the amount of time (in number of days) required to finish the project, you subtract the number of days from your finish date, and you get your start date. As long as the start date is not in the past, you should be OK.

I think this is a good idea, as you will be more pressured to finish the project on time.
answered 9 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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