Definition of Crashing (In Project Management Terms)
By Sivaraj Dhanasekaran
Crashing is a schedule compression technique used to reduce or shorten the project schedule.
The PM can various measures to accomplish this goal. Some of the common methods used are
- Adding additional resources to the critical path tasks
This option has various constraints such as the securing of the budget to add the resources, and the availability of the resources.
Reduce the project requirements or scope
This can be done only if the sponsor and major stakeholders agree to reduce the scope
After applying the crashing, the critical path might have changed and result in creating a different critical path. Always revisit the project schedule to ensure the schedule has been crashed.
Dhanasekaran, Sivaraj is a certified PMP and works as a Senior Project Manager in one of the leading MNC banks in Singapore. He has over 13 years IT experience and handled banking projects as well as managed production support team for complex Treasury applications for various MNC banks.
He loves to share his experience and knowledge gained as Project Manager and also providing guidance to people who wanted to obtain PMP certification. He runs a project management forum at www.sgpm.wordpress.com.