What do I need to know to create a realistic project plan if the work is outside my area of expertise?

  • Always make the project plan in collaboration with the people who will be doing the work
  • Ask probing questions to understand the risks. Is there technical risk? Is there product definition risk? Is there a risk for workscope creep?
  • Take the time and care to understand the approaches and estimates presented by developers, and make sure assumptions are aligned. Sometimes they aren’t – and there is a better and faster way just under the surface, if you ask good questions.
  • Consult people who have done similar types of projects for a sanity check: “Are we crazy?”
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