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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Schedule Equals Commitment

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Figure 21. Schedule Equals Commitment

You and I know that the schedule is an estimate, a guess if you will. The project schedule is your best guess about when the project team will reach which milestones and when the project may complete. A schedule is not a prediction; it is a guess. But some project managers have sponsors who want that guess to be a commitment (see Figure 21, Schedule Equals Commitment).

If you are facing the commitment problem, ask these two questions:

  • Do you care what the project team delivers?

  • Do you care how good the product is?

A reasonable schedule discussion requires discussing the ...

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