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Chapter 20
Ten Golden Rules of Project
In This Chapter
Putting good project management practices to work using Microsoft Project
Creating and tracking Project schedules more efficiently
Learning from your mistakes
Y ou’ve heard this one: You can have your deliverable on time, on budget,
or done right: Choose two. That’s an example of some traditional project
management wisdom. But how does that wisdom translate to the use of
project management software?
Well, it’s simple: If you assign additional resources to a Project schedule, you
add costs and time to your schedule because resources have costs attached
and can work only according to their work calendars. So, clearly, making
changes that might improve quality — such as adding more or higher-priced
resources — affects the time and money needed for your project. That adage
about time being money is still true, but now you can clearly see the effect
that one action has on other aspects of your project (especially if something
you do tinkers with time or money) — and it’s all visible in Project’s many
views and reports.
So what project management adages should you be aware of as you begin to
use Project? Here are ten to tack up on your office wall.
Don’t Bite Off More Than
You Can Manage
As I mention elsewhere in this topic (see Chapter 1), you must have an
understanding of the goal of your project as well as the scope of its activities
before you start to build a Project schedule. Don’t plan a full marketing
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