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Chapter 10. Project Planning

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Eisenhower put it bluntly, but accurately. Planning is essential. There is no other way for you to allocate your resources, estimate effort, or otherwise manage your team. You need to know where you are starting from, where you are going to, how you are going to get there, and when you are going to get there.

The danger comes when the plan is documented. Consider the following: The project manager[4] tells you to create a documentation plan. You follow instructions and write a highly detailed plan, which gets skimmed, filed, and forgotten. Months later, when there is a problem with ...

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