Creating the Plan
Beyond the loathing and the fear lies one of the best-kept secrets in
American business. "Planning," it turns out, is really no
more—and no less—than another word for good management.
—BRUCE G. POSNER—
All successful projects begin with a clear definition of the end result. You need to identify the purpose and structure of the job, what the outcome will look like upon completion, the problems that will be solved, and the objectives you need to meet in your capacity of project manager. Before you actually begin work on any project, be sure that you ask these questions:
"Planning is the key," the project manager explained to her assis-
tant as their lunch came to an end. "I invited you here today to
emphasize that point. As part of this team, I expect you to under-
stand the importance of planning ahead."
She stopped as the waiter approached and accepted the tab. She
looked at the total for a moment, then whispered to her assistant,
"Can you lend me twenty dollars?"
|•||Exactly what objectives am I expected to meet? Has the project been defined well enough so that you understand your assignment?|