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The Project Manager's Book of Checklists by Richard Newton

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11

Multiple projects

Chapter 11 contains checklists for managing multiple projects and programmes, and introduces portfolio management.

11.1 WHEN TO BREAK A PROJECT INTO PHASES

Sometimes it is helpful to break projects into smaller chunks, called phases, and to manage delivery by phase or sub-project.

Phases should be logically coherent pieces of work. They may have dependencies on other phases, but they should make sense to be managed independently. Breaking a project into phases can reduce risk and complexity, but too many phases can make it difficult to bring them back to one coherent outcome.

There are various possible reasons for breaking a project into phases, including:

  • Delivering the project in one phase has high complexity or risk. ...

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