Chapter

6

Managing Project Constraints and Documenting Risks

A good plan, violently executed right now, is betterthan the perfect plan executed next week.

—GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON

Reviewing a plan to detect problems and make improvements generally ought to be a brief exercise done toward the end of initial project planning. This chapter is not about the obsessive application of every single project management practice in an endless quest for the flawless plan (sometimes called analysis-paralysis). The topic here is realistic, commonsense project analysis. The principal objective of reviewing the plan is to quickly find defects and omissions, deal with unmet constraints, and seek an improved plan. You are not after a perfect plan, just the ...

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