presented to senior managers so that they can consider the project's content without the usual pressure to debate time and cost. Until the products and their delivery sequence have been agreed, time and cost expectations will be largely unsupported by evidence and the product flow diagram describes the project without the need to commit too much advance resource.
If the timescale is brought up during discussion, the product flow diagram can accommodate it by dividing the project into stages against each of which a target date and budget may be placed. This should not mean that the date or investment has been promised, but this new expression begins to show how quality, cost and time expectations may need playing off against each other. Looking at Figure 6.11 (page 110), the project steering group will see what must be delivered to meet a deadline that, on reflection, may cause them to realise that compromises are necessary.
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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.