The Imaginary Planning Trap

All projects exist in order to achieve certain objectives. In order to accomplish these objectives, the project’s plan has to take into account constraints and existing resources. At the same time, the early planning or idea stages are often plagued by a lack of information that limits the ability to plan the project with certainty. Therefore, the project planning process…

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What is a Successful Project?

A successful project is defined as a project that meets its goals, and whose output is of value to the client. It seems, then, that the success or failure of any given project is primarily a function of its goals. Therefore, a clear definition of those goals and an objective way to measure whether or not these goals have been…

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The Golden Triangle

‘A Lot – Fast – Cheap – Good’ is a set of expectations that can never be achieved simultaneously. These expectations are the result of the customer’s (completely understandable) lack of understanding regarding the realistic efforts required to achieve the project’s goals, as well as lack of trust regarding the estimates presented at the project’s sale.

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Project Management Pillars

Project Management rests on three distinct pillars: planning, control and communication. These are the building blocks of the profession, and every single project, regardless of type of industry or specialization, depends on them. If we use the process of baking bread as a metaphor for project management, then the bread represents the project’s end product, which is the combination of…

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