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Perfect Phrases for Project Management: Hundreds of Ready-to-Use Phrases for Delivering Results on Time and Under Budget by Karen Tate, Helen S. Cooke

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CHAPTER 6

Perfect Phrases to Estimate Time and Resources Needed to Do the Work

When creating estimates of when you can complete a project and how much it will take to get there, it is important to rely on careful and realistic estimates for individual parts to the plan.

High-level estimates are usually created when the project is first initiated, and these are bracketed by the earliest feasible date you could finish if everything went right (which it won’t) and the latest possible date you could deliver before the project would no longer be worth doing (which you would not propose, and the sponsor and customer would not approve anyway). The guesses about how much it will take to get there are not much more accurate. To create your target dates ...

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