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Fast Projects: Project Management When Time is Short by Fergus O’Connell

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Chapter 10. Scoping and Planning a Project In a Day

Why do it?

Projects can take a long time to get started. There is some kind of initial idea which gets worked up into a proposal which is then reviewed and updated a number of times until finally all of the stakeholders are happy. Then somebody works up a plan. This is also reviewed and updated a number of times; the proposal is probably modified again until eventually the final proposal and plan are ready. The process can take months – years, in some cases.

As an alternative to all of this, it is possible to scope and plan a project – even a very large one – in a day. You can be sceptical about this if you like, but I know it because I’ve done it – numerous times. I know it because my company, ...

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