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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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Managing progress: perform, deliver, accomplish

What is this about and why is it important?

A project manager’s main goal on a day-to-day basis is to ensure projects progress. The daily work involved in this has many aspects: monitoring, chasing, resolving issues, avoiding risks, motivating teams, giving instructions, updating documentation, communicating, making decisions, taking control by making appropriate interventions, liaising with stakeholders and so on. Two of these aspects are most central to managing progress: monitoring and control.

Monitoring is concerned with regularly assessing the progress of the project and comparing it with the expected status as defined in the plan. Ideally progress matches the plan, but there is often a ...

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