Time-Saving Techniques in Microsoft Project 2013 - dummies

Time-Saving Techniques in Microsoft Project 2013

By Cynthia Snyder Stackpole

Part of Project 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Project management is all about saving time. But even with management tools like Microsoft Project 2013, your project might run longer than you expected. In that case, try the following methods to tighten the timing:

  • Modify dependencies so that tasks can start sooner, if possible.

  • Create overlapping dependencies when appropriate using leads and lags.

  • Reduce the amount of slack (but never get rid of it all!) on individual tasks.

  • Add resources to auto-scheduled, effort-driven tasks to have them finish earlier.

  • Break larger tasks into smaller chunks and do some of the work in parallel.

  • Consider whether your project can do without certain tasks (for example, a management review of a package design).

  • Outsource some of the work when in-house resources can’t complete it because they’re busy with other tasks.