Document the Critical Path
"We all want to under-promise and over-deliver to our clients - internal or external. When you're in early planning meetings, you'll find one of two extremes. there may be a willingness to accept everything that the business users propose. Or there may be resistance to everything that the business users ask for. Neither is the right approach. The first one tries to do too much at the risk of delivering too little. The second approach delivers too little by definition."
"The objective of the minimalist critical path is not to under-deliver, but to ensure that you deliver what the business needs, and then to over-deliver from there. This approach removes a lot of noise from the system and optimizes resource usage. It gives you high value of return for what is invested."
"Use this rescue opportunity to rate all the deliverables that are within scope of the project. Are they really required? When are they really required? For what reason? Who asked for them? What is the business value in terms of increased revenue or decreased costs? The second point is imperative because this document can be used to get buy-in from the decision makers to stagger deliverables if they all cannot be delivered in the timeframe, but a stakeholder is unrelenting."
The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.