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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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Objectives, deliverables and tasks

What is this about and why is it important?

In the previous section we looked at project definition: understanding objectives and scope. Although critical information, this is not the right sort of information to develop a project plan from. Before you can plan, objectives must be converted. Objectives define why you want to do a project. There are two processes that convert this why into something a project team can plan with: translation and decomposition.

Translation converts the why into what, how, who and when: what is needed to achieve the why, how can this be developed, who will do the development, and when they will do it. The process of planning (described on p. 39), deals with the who and the when ...

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