7 CHECK WHERE YOU ARE

The rules … are five: measurement, assessment, calculation, comparison and victory.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

This chapter describes how progress is measured and reported, illustrated by the use of earned value as an objective means of measurement. We describe how benefits are measured, how risks and issues are managed and how progress is communicated to stakeholders. We consider the need to anticipate events to avoid serious trouble (see Chapter 9 also).

Steering a ship involves constant attention, keeping a marker in the right place relative to a fixed point and responding to movements of the tide. A good steersman is marked by the straightness of the ship’s wake. This metaphor applies equally to project management – ...

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