CHAPTER 5SENSIBLE PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR SMALL TO MEDIUM PROJECTS

“At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.”

—TRADITIONAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT SAYING

We know what project management is: a large, complex set of tools that produces incomprehensible charts that basically tell us only what we already know—we’re behind schedule, over budget, and not meeting the requirements.

Of course, that’s only part of the story. The tools and methods of project management can be extremely powerful, but only if they’re the right size for the projectathand. Cooking dinner isa project, butifyou create aGantt chartand perform a critical path analysis for it, you’re clearly driving carpet tacks with a sledgehammer. Bad idea. (Although ...

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