O'Reilly logo

The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Building a plan

What is this about and why is it important?

Planning is the foundation on which project management builds. Arguably it is project planning that differentiates project management from other styles of management more than anything else. Huge amounts have been written about planning. There are many opinions about how to plan and many complexities involved, for example: how to reliably decompose a large task into smaller ones; how to estimate time, resources and costs; and how to deal with unknowns and volatility. However, the fundamental principles of planning are relatively simple.

There are different styles, duration and approaches to planning. This section provides a generic overview and points to other sections to provide a ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required