Chapter Four. Planning to Achieve Success

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

Yogi Berra

Maybe action movies are to blame for making people want to jump in and do something instead of planning first. Because of competition and the overall fast pace of business, the "Just keep driving and I’ll get out the map" mentality is quite common. Time, money, and resources are always in short supply while the list of project goals seems to grow longer. That combination is an almost irresistible goad to action.

Many project managers—and the executives that oversee them—look at the mountain of work and think they don’t have time for planning. The truth is, the tighter the time and the tougher ...

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