Projects fail when executives and stakeholders initiate projects like they’re ordering lunch at the drive-through window of a fast-food joint. In this situation, you, the project manager, can’t control the scope so the project finishes late and produces very little business value. Consistent project failure usually starts when PMs and sponsors initiate projects with fast food order-taking techniques. […]
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Sponsors often pressure project managers to start work. Project managers will hear complaints about planning like: “I don’t want you to waste a lot of time on meetings and paperwork. Let’s start work! “We can plan this project as we go. So start work now!” “We need to be flexible and able to change the […]
We use order of magnitude (OOM) estimates at the beginning of a project. During the initiation phase, executives need information about how much the project will cost and how long it will take. They must decide if the project should go forward. They may also need to integrate this project with other projects the organization […]