Quality Assurance and Project Management

May 31 2010   10:01AM GMT

Two Types of Constraints in Project Management

Jaideep Khanduja Jaideep Khanduja Profile: Jaideep Khanduja

Tasks and Constraints go hand in hand. Life is full of tasks. So is a Project. Project Management consists of lot of planning and re-planning. If everything goes smooth as per plan, there is never a need of re-planning. In real-life scenario this doesn’t happen. Constraints are the generators of problems and problems need solutions. For addressing a problem and providing an alternative to suit as a best possible solution creates the need for re-planning.

A continuous analysis of what is happening around in a project is important to understand if everything is moving as per plan or if the deviation from the plan is going to cause a disastrous situation (or something in-between the two extremes).

The two constraints classifications are:

1. Capacity Constraint
2. Quality Constraint

Identification of factors causing any of the above constraint is of prime importance. Sometimes it is easy to perceive these constraints in early stages and make them part of your risk analysis. The mitigation plan is made accordingly. Sometimes these constraints if not perceived and made as part of risk plan cause trouble when arise at a later stage. If they are encountered at a later stage, it comes as a shock rather than a surprise.

Constraints may arise due to various reasons, some of them could be:
1. Lack of clarity of project goals
2. Lack in project management methodology
3. Non adherence of standard processes
4. ambiguous processes
5. Lack of drive

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