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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Pragmatic Approaches to Project Scheduling

You planned just enough to start the project already. You need to schedule enough to start the project. There’s no point to scheduling the whole darn project when you know the project is going to evolve. If you’re working with a customer who wants to see a project schedule before they will sign a contract, be clear that the initial schedule is your best first guess. It will change. And, have that customer read about accuracy and precision of schedules in Tip 11, Estimates Need Accuracy, Not Precision.

A few years ago, I had a conversation with a project manager at a conference. I said it took me anywhere from about half a day to a couple of days to get started on a project schedule, and I wanted ...

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