"Project duration can be described on a scale (for example, one month, two months, and so on) or with adjectives (short, medium, long, mega). Small projects keep the team off balance as team members try to do many things in a very short period of time. This trend reverses itself as the duration moves to the mega description."
"Larger projects tend to inspire overanalysis, overengineering, and a general delay in making the difficult decisions. Because the timeline is large, accountability for results is not immediate so a lot of mistakes continue to compound in the background without being noticed until it is too late to do anything about them."
"Short projects are best handled by experienced project teams that can hit the ground running. Larger projects should be broken into medium-sized projects with measurable milestones that provide an early warning system if they are missed. The key approach regarding project duration is to build a project with incremental, measurable steps."
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.