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The Handbook of Program Management: How to Facilitate Project Success with Optimal Program Management, Second Edition, 2nd Edition by James T Brown

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Execution means going out and implementing what has been planned. Good execution requires a plan. Without a plan, you cannot judge the effectiveness of execution. This seems obvious, but a lot of programs are continually in a state of firefighting because there is no real plan. These program managers subconsciously and inappropriately judge their effectiveness by how many fires are burning out of control. Even in dynamic environments you must have a plan or a series of short plans tailored to the rapidly changing environment. I am always amused by organizational leaders who hear or read about earned value management and want to implement it immediately, only to discover that it requires a valid plan ...

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