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Advanced Multi-Project Management by Kathleen Austin, Gerald Kendall

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5. Project Networks

The Premise

Many project plans are not used once a project begins to execute. This means that either:

  • They were created only to satisfy some policy of the organization or

  • They are obsolete upon starting execution or

  • They were not structured in a way to facilitate execution (e.g., dependencies incorrectly mapped, not organized in a fashion that aligns with how the work will be accomplished, and so forth)

If our experience is common, that over 75% of the value of a project plan only comes during execution, then no matter which above case is true, the effort to plan was almost a total waste of time.

To avoid this waste, the first thing to do is to not make the common mistakes. There are four such mistakes in building ...

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