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Monitor Control Progress

• Establish progress reporting system.

• Install change control tools/process.

• Define problem escalation process.

• Monitor project progress vs. plan.

• Revise project plan.

Close out the Project

• Obtain client acceptance.

• Install project deliverables.

• Complete project documentation.

• Complete post implementation audit.

• Issue final project report.

Monitor Progress Conduct Subsystem Test Conduct Acceptance Test

Evaluate System Performance Conduct Post-Project Review

Figure 2.6 Traditional project management and systems development.

Figure 2.7 Product development life cycle and TPM.

We would be remiss, however, if we did not warn you of what lies ahead. It is easy to talk about the benefits of practicing sound TPM, but difficult to actually do it. The pressures of the job and the seemingly unrealistic deadlines we all face tempt us to get on with the work and not spend the necessary time preparing for work.

"Pay me now or pay me later" applies equally well to project planning. When the team and your management are anxious for work to begin, it is difficult to focus on developing a solid plan of action before you are pressed into service. At times it would seem that the level of detail in the plan is overkill, but it is not. You will have to accept that on faith at this point. The project manager must resist the pressure to start project work and instead spend the time up front generating a detailed project plan. It has been demonstrated that a poor planning effort takes its toll later in the project as schedules slip, quality suffers, and expectations are not met.

The pain curve (see Figure 2.8) tells us that proper planning is painful but pays off in less pain later in the project. To not plan is to expose yourself to significant pain as the project commences. In fact, that pain usually continues to increase. It would continue to increase indefinitely except that someone usually pulls the plug on the project once the pain reaches unbearable levels. The next chapters give you the skills you need to make project planning less painful.

Pain

Time

Figure 2.8 The project management life cycle pain curve.

Time

Figure 2.8 The project management life cycle pain curve.

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