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Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

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Planning the Project

Practice #5: Write a Plan

Some people believe the time spent writing a plan could be better spent writing code, but I don’t agree. The hard part isn’t writing the plan. The hard part is actually the planning—thinking, negotiating, balancing, asking, listening, and thinking some more. Actually writing the plan is mostly transcription at that point. The time you spend analyzing what it will take to solve the problem will reduce the number of surprises you encounter later in the project. Today’s multi-site and cross-cultural development projects demand even more careful planning and tracking than do traditional projects undertaken by a co-located team.

A useful plan is much more than just a schedule or task list. It also includes: ...

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