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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Tip 2Make Your Planning Empirical, Not Predictive

Empirical planning, which means planning just a little and then gathering information on actual progress to feed back into future planning, works. Predictive planning, which is attempting to predict the future, doesn’t work well unless you have a crystal ball. Use empirical planning and scheduling as much as possible in your projects.

You’ve probably heard the famous Eisenhower quote, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.”[3] Your projects have too much uncertainty and risk to bother planning everything in advance. Plan to start and replan every few weeks, as in Using Rolling-Wave Scheduling. No matter what life cycle you use, assume you’ll be replanning. Don’t create a perfect ...

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