Notes

status reports

Core tool

Core tool

Electronic and/or hardcopy versions

The important principles to remember regarding project management tools are as follows:

• Any planning document needs to be reviewed and agreed to by appropriate project stakeholders and team members.

• Separate documents are not always needed. Smaller projects might combine relevant information (especially "plan" documents) into a single "grouped" document.

• The essential tools represent the key information and thought processes that is needed to effectively manage the project.

The Absolute Minimum

At this point, you should have a solid understanding of the following:

• What defines a successful project and why it is not always easy to measure

• The common reasons why projects get in trouble and what you can do to avoid them

• The key principles that serve as the foundation for most successful projects

• The essential project management tools and why they are important

The map in Figure 3.1 summarizes the main points we reviewed in this chapter.

Figure 3.1. Essential elements for any successful project overview.

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Figure 3.1. Essential elements for any successful project overview.

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