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Automating schedule compression

Hello,

is there any way to automate the schedule compression exercise? So far I have always done it manually... just wondering if there is a method to have MS Project select the optimal path to crash...

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dbase118Commented:
I would continue to do it manually as there are too many ways that Projects can be compressed. Some have a dramatic effect on cost and/or human reasource issues. This is one time a human should make the call.

Side note...may want to try and consoliddate some of your questions so you dont have to pay out on all these variations on the same theme. Just a thought.
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MSProjectGeekCommented:
if you're using Project Server, you should study the functionality of the Portfolio Modeller
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enzymemediaAuthor Commented:
MSProjectGeek:

Am not using Project Server, just MS Project 2003.

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enzymemediaAuthor Commented:
dbase118:

Please to explain, in very simple english (am dyslexic) what you mean when you say:

1. Some have a dramatic effect on cost
2. ...and/or human reasource issues

What kind of effects an issues should one be aware of?

EnzymeMedia

PS I opened seperate tickets out of respect for you specialists... I am looking for very specific things... didn't seem fair to consolidate IMHO...
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dbase118Commented:
In order to compress your schedule...something has to change.

1.) Number of resources alloted...
Adding more resources will increase your cost to complete the project.

2.) Number of hours worked by resources
Squeezing more hours from the same resources may cause productivity issues if done over an extended time

I was simply stating that you as Project Manager may be better able to determine the best method for compressing in your situation. I personally tend to stay away from automating the decision-making within a project.

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enzymemediaAuthor Commented:
dbase118:

thanks... your explanantion was well received and I appreciate the effort... see if you want to take a gander at the specific example I posted... its a real head scrather...

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