Chapter 5

Planning and Estimating: The Foundation of Project Management

It’s often been said that project management consists of two major phases—doing the right project and doing the project right. Ensuring that your project is based on a real need and that it’s justified from a business standpoint are two important aspects of doing the right project (as discussed in Chapter 4). Project planning, on the other hand, is all about doing the project right.

Project planning gets more attention than any other project management technique—and justifiably so. It’s hard to imagine how a project could be successful without good planning.

In addition to being important, project planning is also an enormous subject and comprises two major aspects. The first ...

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