Join Chris Croft for an in-depth discussion in this video Avoiding the forbidden O word, part of Project Management Simplified.
- Now as I've mentioned, one of the dilemmas…when you're listing tasks is what level…of granularity to go down to.…How far should you break tasks down?…And there's a sign which tells you…that you need more granularity,…and that's when you find yourself…wanting to say the forbidden "O" word.…I've been joking about not saying the "O" word for years…on training courses to the point…where I actually find it quite difficult…to say, it's such a bad word.…The producers have asked me to actually say it,…rather than just writing it behind me.…And the "O" word is "Ongoing."…In project management, you must…never say that a task is ongoing.…
Because if you say that, what you're really saying…is you don't know when it's going to finish.…And if you think about it,…if you're going to plan a project,…you have to know when every task starts and finishes.…I'll give you an example.…Suppose the electrical work on my house was ongoing.…The electricians are there for the whole job…doing various things.…If I allow that to be part of my project plan,…
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- Defining project scope
- Deciding how to list tasks
- Estimating costs and time
- Planning for risk
- Staying on budget