“How fast can you do this?”
“Can I get a discount?”
“What do I have to do get something awesome?”
These are all super common questions that get bounced around a lot in the design industry. Be honest, you’ve asked at least one of these questions yourself when you engaged with a graphic designer or web developer.
That’s cool, that’s cool. Don’t worry, I’m not being judgey. I’ve also done it myself in certain situations, mostly out of desperation when certain situations became dire. But let’s talk about these questions a little bit more today, as even though it’s 2018, there are still tonnes of people who are unaware of how design projects work.
The Triangle of Death aka ‘Triple Constraint’ aka ‘Project Management Triangle’
The triangle of death, which I like to call it (because it’s easy to remember), actually has nothing to do with death. This diagram is known as the ‘Triple Constraint’ or ‘Project Management Triangle’. I did a quick search on Google to see if I could get a bit of background story behind this famous diagram, and turns out that it’s been around since the 1950s! (Yes, it’s as old as my mum) This little diagram basically depicts the three key factors that define a project, which are: Time, Cost, and Quality.
In an ideal world where unicorns and dinosaurs still exist, one would be able to acquire a high quality project in a fast turnaround time and at a low cost. In reality, this won’t be the case, and you’d only most likely be able to achieve two out of the three factors, with the third factor being compromised. Let’s disect this a little bit.