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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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The right and wrong uses of the plan on a page

What is this about and why is it important?

There is a common tendency in business nowadays for project managers to produce a ‘plan on a page’. This document is often created as a one-page PowerPoint slide. It provides, at a glance, an overview of the key activities of the project, the overall timescale, and sometimes a very high-level view of the dependency between key activities. This has become such a common tendency that senior managers seem to expect a presentation of a plan in this format. Such a presentation is a standard part of many sponsor, steering committee and stakeholder updates.

Such a plan on a page can be a powerful and useful communication device, but it can also cause problems ...

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