e’ve just spent some time talking about risk, which is calcu-
lation that relies on data. Many project managers (PMs) un-
derstand how to calculate risk and use the Program Evalua-
tion Review Technique (PERT), yet when it comes time to talk to a
sponsor about a project, they forget all the data they have accumulated
throughout the project and its planning.
Experience in project management will tell you that it is hard to
argue with data. Good data can ease the burden of any tough conversa-
tion. Throughout this book, we have discussed how to obtain and col-
lect great information. It’s now time to learn how to use the informa-
tion you have gathered for the betterment of the project.
Unfortunately, many very experienced PMs have not learned that data
must be at the core of all discussions and decisions. In this chapter, we
explain how to bring data into every aspect of project planning and
DATA RULES ALL!