PROJECT MANAGEMENT: STEP BY STEP
Resist the pressure to skimp on planning so you can start the work
immediately. What time you spend up-front on planning will be
repaid several times over in time saved later.
Understand the difference between the effort an activity takes and
the duration of it.
Contingency is not poor management, but a realistic and essential
component of a plan to account for the risk inherent in any task.
Focus on getting your plan complete more than worrying about
estimates. A poor estimate will mean you may overrun on time, but
a missed task may mean you cannot complete the work. (Read
Chapter 5 for some important tasks that are easy to forget at plan-
Get the right team, as no matter how good a plan you have, without
the right project team the work will not get done.
Planning software helps you present and manage your plan, it does
not ensure your plan is any better.
Copies of the planning, staff view and cost forms in MS-Word and
MS Excel format can be downloaded from the web site at
As this subject is core to project management, almost any book
on the subject will cover this. Some references, if you want more
The Definitive Guide to Project Management (Financial Times
Prentice Hall) by Sebastian Nokes et al., 2003, Chapter 5.
Practical Project Management: Tips, Tactics and Tools (Wiley) by
Harvey A. Levine, 2002, Chapters 2–6.
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