Chapter 7. Maintaining Control During Project Execution

PERSEVERANCE MATTERS. All projects encounter difficulty, and most will undergo substantial change. Execution contributes to control through a steadfast focus on what is happening, what has been accomplished, and what is next. Dogmatic status collection sets the expectation that the 9th, 99th, and the 999th activities on the project plan are all equally important—because they are. To suspend status collection to solve a problem is to lose control; you must find a way to recover while continuing to collect the project data that you need.

Diagnostic metrics are the basis for status collection. They provide the information you need to assess performance and progress, and their visibility ensures ...

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