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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Plan Just Enough to Start

You’ve got a charter, but what is your plan? Your management still wants to have an idea of when you’ll deliver which features into the code base. How will you measure progress? When will the project be done?

Your plan does not have to be perfect. In fact, there’s no way it can be. Your plan only has to be good enough to start the project with a chance of success. If you’re working on time-pressured projects (which I do most of the time), timebox your planning activities. If you plan to replan the project, you don’t need to worry about perfecting plans at the beginning.

A timebox is a specific amount of time in which the person or team will attempt to accomplish a specific task. As much as the person or the team ...

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