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Why Plan? Let's Just Get Moving!: Scrappy Project Management, Chapter 5

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Abstract
Chapter 5 of Scrappy Project Management offers a no-holds-barred view of project management in the real world, along with some of the funniest and most accurate project flowcharts ever drafted.


What this is

This excerpt from Scrappy Project Management covers one of the most common and most destructive pitfalls in project management -- the nearly universal resistance to actually planning anything. Given the option, most people will either under-plan or not plan at all. Kimberly Wiefling explains why planning is still important, even though schedules are almost always wrong and it's much more satisfying to simply charge ahead.


Why it's useful

"When there is a mountain of work piled in front of you and you're already late, the last thing you feel like doing is sitting down to set clear goals, clarify assumptions, and lay out milestones, owners and due dates for deliverables." Guess what? You should do it anyway. Planning saves time, it doesn't waste it. In this chapter Kimberly Wiefling suggests alternatives to the already-obsolete Gantt chart, and provides strength and encouragement when dealing with stakeholders terrified of accountability.


About the Author
Kimberly Wiefling is the founder of Wiefling Consulting, LLC, a scrappy global consulting enterprise committed to enabling her clients to achieve highly unlikely or darn near impossible results predictably and repeatedly. Her company has helped individuals, teams, and organizations realize their dreams through a combination of courageous leadership, project management excellence, sheer determination and plain old stubbornness. She has worked with companies of all sizes, including one-person ventures and those in the Fortune 50, and she has helped to launch and grow more than half a dozen startups, a few of which are reaping excellent profits at this very moment.

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