Chapter 3. Figuring Out What Work Has to Be Done

Projects get done because a whole bunch of jobs get done. At some point somebody, i.e. you, the project manager, has to figure out what those jobs are and sequence them. If you want to have a fast project then the best time to figure out the jobs and do the sequencing is at the beginning of the project. Detail is the key to getting the list of jobs as accurate as possible. If you want to shorten your project, then an increased level of detail is the key to doing that.

Get the right people

Involve the people who will do the project (the team) in figuring out the list of jobs. If they’re not available, maybe a subset of the team is. If that’s not an option, get somebody to help you. The worst thing ...

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