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Project Planning: Working With Constraints

 

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Time, quality and cost are the triple constraint that explains how your project is impacted by budget, deadlines and ambitions.

In a nutshell, it’s really hard to have a cheap project that uses the world’s best materials and do it quickly. There are myriad other ways these constraints can interact with each other.

These don’t need to determine the success of your project but they can be very helpful in making decisions about what you just don’t need to worry about — because you can’t have it all — when you are uncertain and stressed.

The project triangle.

Ask yourself the following:

COST: What are the financial constraints of the project?

How much money do you have right now?

How much money do you need to find? How much money can you make?

What is the financial risk?

Exercise: jot down your answers in this box.

 

QUALITY: What is your creative goal for the project?

What sort of materials do you need?

What sort of skilled practitioners do you need to work with? What is important to you?

What ambitions do you have?

Exercise: jot down your answers in this box.

TIME: How much time do you have to complete the project?

What is your schedule for reaching completion?

Is it opportunistic to do it quickly?

It is better to take your time?

Do you have no deadline at all — is it slow burning?

Exercise: jot down your answers in this box.

This resource has been made as a part of the Help Desk: Virtual Professional Development program.