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TOPIC: Crashing vs. Fast Tracking

Crashing vs. Fast Tracking 5 months 2 weeks ago #17772

  • Rick Schleicher
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If some team members were asked to work the weekend and they are salary employees, therefore cost is not increased. Is this still considered crashing or is this now fast tracking?

Per the PMBOK, pg 215, the example given is when overtime is approved.

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Crashing vs. Fast Tracking 5 months 2 weeks ago #17777

  • Donald Terry, PMP, PMI-ACP
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Hi Rick,

Your scenario would better be described as an over-allocation of resources. However, assuming activities were not previously planned during the weekends, then it really isn't fast tracking. Fast tracking involves taking activities that were originally scheduled to be completed sequentially and running them in parallel. Crashing is a schedule compression technique where resources are added for the least incremental cost. Even though payroll is not affected in your scenario, there will still likely be some cost involved like office supplies, electricity, etc. In any case, I would say your scenario would be better categorized as crashing rather than fast tracking.
Donald Terry, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP

Full disclosure: I work for OSP International as an independent contractor
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Crashing vs. Fast Tracking 5 months 2 weeks ago #17779

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Thanks very much Donald. Your explanation make sense.

Rick
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