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What are the advantages and disadvantages of shortening project schedules?

Please list all the advantages and disadvantages of shortening project schedules (in other words allocating less time for the project then it really needs).
asked 9 years ago by anonymous

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The advantages of shortening project schedules is that you will satisfy your stakeholders on the short run. The main disadvantage is that you may lose your job because the project will definitely miss your adjusted schedule, or, at the very least, lose your credibility.

Other disadvantages include:

- Burnout of the team members due to overallocation
- Increased conflicts due to tense environments
- Lower production quality
answered 9 years ago by TheProjectManager (2,630 points)
"Crashing" the schedule is some times a necessary evil. HOWEVER - it will cost your more! there is an optimal delivery pace and volume that best minimizes cost against schedule. Crashing the project faster than that optimum will RAISE costs, not lower them!
8 years ago by anonymous

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