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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Tip 5Beware of Early Detailed Schedules

Iterate on your schedules, building detail as you proceed. See Chapter 4, Scheduling the Project for more discussion. The earlier in the project you provide a detailed schedule to your sponsors, the more likely they are to think that there is little or no risk in your project. They will see the projected end date and believe it’s the Real End Date for your project.

Develop a Project Risk List

Keep at least the top-ten risks in your project plan. Monitor them frequently, and update the list when appropriate. If you’re not sure you have ten risks in your project, take the time to brainstorm risks with your project team (Waltzing with Bears: Managing Risk on Software Projects [DL03]).

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