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Project Management: Best Practices for IT Professionals by Richard Murch

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Chapter 3. Project Planning and Reporting

 

If you plan for nothing—you will surely get there.

 
 --Anonymous

Introduction

Being successful in project planning requires a detailed understanding of the project, discipline, and a methodology. Sound project plans are realistic, up-to-date, and reviewed frequently. Work is broken into manageable chunks, with extra time and budget allowed for contingencies. Users and the IT staff define what each stage will deliver and how the team will know when the project is complete. Project milestones enable the project board to make a “continue or stop” decision. Good plans enable project managers to identify problems early.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Define the Job in Detail. Determine exactly the mission of the project, ...

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