2Defining the Project

Q:Why do most projects struggle?
A:The scope of the project changes without the resources changing.

In this chapter, you will learn how to:

• Sketch a project charter in 45 minutes or less.

• Build the baseline that will support every project challenge and choice.

What do many people do first when assigned a project to complete? They create a schedule with due dates. Unfortunately, this is a poor choice.

One reason they rush to create a schedule is that project management software (for example, Microsoft Project) is primarily focused on scheduling. But, skipping the project charter and jumping right into the project schedule is the biggest mistake you can make in project management. Imagine saying, “Before I know why ...

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