Imagine the situation: in the middle of a project you understand - in the beginning you have provided more resources and time that you need (yes, this also happensJ). This project is a part of a large program and your results will be integrated with the others.

How to do better?

The first obvious solution: to deliver results earlier will not work because other program activities are not accomplished yet.   

To suspend work and to temporarily disband the team? But there is integration with other projects in the future, and if some team members transfer to another projects it would not be easy to bring them back.

To not disband team and leave people to themselves? In the best case they start “goldplating”, at worst - will lose motivation and start wasting time.

 Relationship of cost and time


This is a case there the most critical constraint is assigned resources (you will not get more), the second constraint is time (you have a float) and the scope is a "free variable" (because the main results have been obtained already).

Project triangle


How to update the project plan?


Define additional results


Develop the additional work breakdown structure (WBS)


Identify the necessary types of resources


Estimate the resource availability schedule


Perform assignment of resources


Calculate durations of  additional works


Define the sequence of additional works


Develop the new schedule


Develop new resource loading schedule


Calculate volume of additional works

(Blue highlights concern scope, yellow – cost and resources, green – time.)

In addition to the planning sequence you need to consider what information to take into account at each of these steps.

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