I have written several times about the Critical Path of a project. Knowing the critical path is a vital part of protecting the project schedule.
Last week, I was helping my kids move out of their apartment and it reminded me that there are also Critical Resources – which determine how we optimize each of our projects. We consciously (or unconsciously) act to protect the resource that is most scarce.
- When packing the truck, I pack like crazy to utilize every inch of space. My goal is to minimize the number of trips (because mileage usually drives up the cost of the truck). If we had free mileage and trips were short, it might be faster and cheaper to make more trips.
- When using a large format printer for big 36″ posters, the ink and paper can get very expensive. Therefore, we spent a lot of time to make sure it will print properly to avoid the excess expense of wasted printing.
- Hard drive storage space used to be a critical resource and programmers worked hard to minimize file size. Now, disk space is so cheap that we no longer worry about large files and have duplicate copies all over the place!
- When someone has volunteered to help me, I work extra hours to make sure that I do not waste their time
In every project, take a moment to identify the critical resource. It may change how you execute the project.
Thanks for listening.