The concept of Fast Tracking in Project Management

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In my previous article, I have talked about the concept of schedule compression and I made it clear in that article that we have two types of schedule compression which are Fast tracking and Crashing. In this article, I want to look at what Fast tracking is in Project management.

Fast tracking is the process of compressing the project duration by performing some activities concurrently that were originally schedule sequentially. Let us say you have planned earlier that the Iron bender will finish his work before the Plumber will start his own work. You now decided to allow the two of them to work together in order to save time. That is referred to as Fast tracking.

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When you want to do Fast Tracking , you need to identify all those tasks that have Finish to Start relationship which could now be changed to Start to Start relationship in order to speed up the project. You can also add Lead time where this is not feasible.

While performing it on a project, you can also look at some of your tasks and look at areas where you have discretionary dependencies and decide to run this tasks at the same time. You should not forget therefore that it will always cost more to perform Fast Tracking on a project.

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