Chapter 3

There is always a sequence of events

This chapter shows that in order to do anything, there needs to be a sequence of events. Knowing this gives you the skills to plan, prioritise, accelerate projects and get many things done at the same time. It also shows how ‘firefighting’ can become the exception rather than the rule.



Do you agree with the following statements?

  1. When planning a project, the conventional wisdom is that you can only plan in detail for the next phase of the project and after that, it’s pretty much guesswork.
  2. You’re dealing with a lawyer and when you ask him how long a piece of the legal process is going to take, he answers, ‘How long is a piece of string?’ or ‘It’ll take as long as it takes.’ This is ...

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