Cycle Plan

You've got to think about "big things" while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. -Alvin Toffler

This chapter will bear remarkable similarity to the TPM approach. In fact, everything we do in this chapter the traditionalist will also do. See Figure 15.1 There are two differences. The first difference is that the traditionalist will do it for the entire project using a complete version of the WBS. As noted in the previous chapter, the project manager using APF (APFist) works only on the part of the WBS that corresponds to the work that will be done in the cycle coming up. Anything beyond that would be conjecture on the part of the APFist. The second difference is that the traditionalist will use project management software, while the APFist will use a whiteboard, Post-It notes, and marking pens. The APFist could use project management software, but it is not necessary. In fact, using project management software to do cycle planning is like killing mosquitoes with sledgehammers. Remember that cycle length is typically around two to six weeks, and that is the window of time over which the APFist is doing cycle planning. Because TPM and APF are so similar in this planning stage, there will be some repetition of material presented in Part I. The repetition is needed to keep the presentation flowing smoothly, but we will try to keep it to a minimum.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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