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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Tip 7Projects Require Both Plans and Schedules

As the pragmatic project manager, your job is to start the project with just enough planning and to continue to plan (and replan) as you proceed. Whatever you do, don’t ignore either the plan, especially the release criteria, or the schedule. You might not need a fancy schmancy Gantt chart for a schedule; yellow stickies on the wall are fine for many projects. But you do need to both plan and schedule.

Your schedule will bear some resemblance to the life cycle you choose. But remember, a life cycle is a model of how the project could look. When it’s time to create the schedule, use the life cycle as a guideline, and make sure you’ve addressed the risks inherent in your life cycle, no matter how ...

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