Project management is a challenge and it can also be great fun … when you’re in control. However it can be a miserable existence being a Project Manager if you’re not in control. Part of the secret of success is being organised, thinking things through thoroughly and not leaving important things out only to get tripped up later in the project. That’s where the checklists and templates in this book come in. They help you develop an orderly approach where you can be confident that you’ve covered all the bases because you have everything you need checked off on the list.
As explain in the first chapter though, this isn’t a list ticker’s paradise. It’s not about mindlessly ticking off the points just to fill the boxes. Rather it’s about taking a professional approach to get things right and getting them right first time.
So, which would you prefer? A smoothly running project where you’ve thought things through up front, or fire-fighting one crisis after another because you forgot stuff? Of course that’s not to say that you’ll have a perfect project once you’ve read this book – projects are always unpredictable to some extent. But you’ll have the pleasure of seeing your project in control and knowing that you’re not encountering problems that were both predictable and avoidable if only you’d had a list to make sure that you’d covered everything.
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