Managing the Triple Constraint

Managing the Triple Constraint is Part of Speaking Project Management: eDiscovery Best Practices

To be a good project manager, you must be good at managing the triple constraint of project management. This article by Cobra Legal Solutions defines the triple constraint and provides examples of applying it to eDiscovery projects!

Their article Speaking Project Management in eDiscovery Managing the Triple Constraint discusses how, when it comes to successfully managing any project, you must manage three constraints, which are:

  • Time: The schedule for the project to reach completion.
  • Scope: The tasks required to complete the project and meet its goals.
  • Cost: The financial constraints (i.e., budget) around the resources needed to complete the project.

It seems obvious but a successful project is completed on time, accomplishing the tasks that you set out to accomplish, within the budget you have set to complete those tasks. However, despite best efforts to accurately estimate what a project will entail, projects often don’t go as expected, forcing a change in at least one of the constraints.


So, what geometric shape can be used to represent the triple constraint? How can you apply the triple constraint to eDiscovery projects?  And who is that in the picture above and why is his picture on this post? I won’t steal Cobra Legal Solutions’ thunder, you can check out the article here on the specifics.  Understanding managing the triple constraint is essential to fully speaking project management in eDiscovery!  😉

So, what do you think?  Do you understand managing the triple constraint in project management? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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One comment

  1. Sometimes what seems to be the simplest explanation is the best…and most complex. Excellent article!

    Aaron Taylor

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