The Absolute Minimum

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

• Project definition is focused on what the project will do. Project planning is focused on how the project will get it done.

• A project plan is all-encompassing document that provides the basis for project execution and control, and it is not a Microsoft Project file.

• The project plan document should clearly communicate what work will be performed, who will do it, when they will do it, who is responsible for what, and how the project will be managed, monitored, and controlled.

• The project plan document and its components are living documents throughout the project. However, any change to the document must be approved by the same set of original stakeholders.

• The key skills used by the project manager when planning a project are facilitation, analytical, organizational, negotiation, and general interpersonal and leadership skills.

• All major stakeholders must approve the project plan document, preferably in person.

• A sign-off does not have to be a physical document signature. It can also be an email or a verbal acceptance (if it is documented in meeting minutes). However, the risk of misunderstandings is usually increased.

The map in Figure 5.7 summarizes the main points we reviewed in this chapter.

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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