The Little Black Book of Project Management

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8
Writing the Supporting
Documentation

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind,
what is the significance of a clean desk?

—LAURENCE J. PETER—

Two project team members, exhausted after a week of working
against deadline, were still in the office at 7:30 P.M.

"I'm having trouble following this network diagram," the first one
said. "I feel like a rat running through a maze."

"That explains it," the second one replied. "All week, I've had a
craving for cheddar cheese."

How do you manage a project when you also have to train core team members as you proceed? Imagine this: You have constructed a detailed network diagram and tied down all of the loose ends for your project. Your team members know what you expect, but they are confused by the complexity of the diagram itself. In other words, rather than studying concentrated areas of responsibility and looking at the steps in each box, they are overwhelmed by the entirety of the diagram

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction xi
  • 1: Organizing for the Long Term 1
  • 2: Creating the Plan 19
  • 3: Choosing the Project Team 37
  • 4: Preparing the Project Budget 54
  • 5: Establishing a Schedule 71
  • 6: Flowcharting for Project Control 85
  • 7: Designing the Project Flowchart 100
  • 8: Writing the Supporting Documentation 120
  • 9: Conducting the Project Review 137
  • 10: The Communication Challenge 152
  • 11: Project Management and Your Career 171
  • Appendix 184
  • Index 201
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