In This Chapter
Planning with a difference – and avoiding the activity-planning problems
Seeing the logic of a product-based approach
Going through the product-planning techniques
Releasing huge progress and quality management power as bonuses
If you’ve been around projects for a while and come across other books or used project management software (actually it’s usually only scheduling software), you’ve seen the planning approach in which you first list all the activities or tasks for a project and then draw up a Gantt Chart with its familiar horizontal bars (see Chapter 6 for more on this chart). To help you get to your task list, you may also have used a hierarchical diagram in which you can break down the major activities into more detail to determine a working list of tasks.
This chapter, however, starts the planning before you get to the activities: it starts with thinking about, understanding and defining what you need to deliver. Then, when you’re as clear as you can be on what you’re going to deliver, you can start thinking through ...