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In your planning of project, what is the level of detail you go to?
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For planning a project you do start with a high level schedule or with a more detail approaches.

To what Level of detail do you go?

Does it goes to the packages detail?
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Dec 21, 2017 10:36 AM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Sergio,

is this for internal project? I can see that for internal project a light version of planning could be use.

Would it make sense when in an external project where it engage your company to have a "light" process with limited planning?
There are not internal or external projects. There are projects as means to put strategy into action. That is what we use in my actual work place and what i used from years.
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Dec 21, 2017 1:55 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Sergio,

To me internal project is any project finance and execute internally by an organisation, External project are finance by an organisation and executed by an other.

Developing a system or any other project for another organisation is an external project in that way.
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Dec 21, 2017 10:05 AM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Stéphane,

Rolling wave planning is applicable to a degree, but not in all industry and all projects.

If I was to build a large infrastructure project would it make sense to use Rolling wave planning or would I be better to define package? Same question for a large project of any kind?

Would a large IT project like IBM/Canadian paid management system Phoenix have better succeeded with rolling wave planning or a full planning with packages definitions?
I suspect, Vincent, that planning for Phoenix was done a long time ago and never repeated.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Dec 21, 2017 1:59 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Stéphane,

I suspect that scope was not fully cover by not detailing all the packages required. Seem there might be other reasons, beyond this discussion.
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Vincent, for me, there is really no definite answer to this. It depends on so many factors like the project size, type, client, requirements, available time and so on.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Dec 21, 2017 2:13 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Rami,

Does that mean a project could be done in your industry without the scope clearly split in a set of package?
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Dec 21, 2017 10:51 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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There are not internal or external projects. There are projects as means to put strategy into action. That is what we use in my actual work place and what i used from years.
Sergio,

To me internal project is any project finance and execute internally by an organisation, External project are finance by an organisation and executed by an other.

Developing a system or any other project for another organisation is an external project in that way.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Dec 21, 2017 2:42 PM
Sergio Luis Conte
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The worst thing organizations can do to achieve its objectives is to divide the projects into internal and external. Is the first step to fail.
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Dec 21, 2017 11:35 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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I suspect, Vincent, that planning for Phoenix was done a long time ago and never repeated.
Stéphane,

I suspect that scope was not fully cover by not detailing all the packages required. Seem there might be other reasons, beyond this discussion.
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Dec 21, 2017 2:07 PM
Stéphane Parent
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Most assuredly, Vincent. I think the testing work package may not have been detailed enough. Should it have been at the beginning or later?
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Dec 21, 2017 1:59 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Stéphane,

I suspect that scope was not fully cover by not detailing all the packages required. Seem there might be other reasons, beyond this discussion.
Most assuredly, Vincent. I think the testing work package may not have been detailed enough. Should it have been at the beginning or later?
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Dec 21, 2017 12:16 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Vincent, for me, there is really no definite answer to this. It depends on so many factors like the project size, type, client, requirements, available time and so on.
Rami,

Does that mean a project could be done in your industry without the scope clearly split in a set of package?
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 21, 2017 2:24 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Vincent,

Not really sure how you concluded that I meant so, but I assure you that it is not the case. Your industry I assume is the same as mine, it is Construction.

Of course you can't do a project without a clearly split scope but your question, as far as I did understand, is asking how do we start by planning a project. Well, depending on the project and so many other requirements, we sometimes START with high level planning / schedule and go to the details as we progress. Other times, we do START with a more detailed approach but in both cases, you should end up with proper planning, WBS, Estimates & so on. Hope this clarifies !
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Dec 21, 2017 2:13 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Rami,

Does that mean a project could be done in your industry without the scope clearly split in a set of package?
Vincent,

Not really sure how you concluded that I meant so, but I assure you that it is not the case. Your industry I assume is the same as mine, it is Construction.

Of course you can't do a project without a clearly split scope but your question, as far as I did understand, is asking how do we start by planning a project. Well, depending on the project and so many other requirements, we sometimes START with high level planning / schedule and go to the details as we progress. Other times, we do START with a more detailed approach but in both cases, you should end up with proper planning, WBS, Estimates & so on. Hope this clarifies !
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Dec 21, 2017 4:30 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Rami,

Your answer is clear, possibly the way I formulated the question was not.
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Dec 21, 2017 1:55 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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Sergio,

To me internal project is any project finance and execute internally by an organisation, External project are finance by an organisation and executed by an other.

Developing a system or any other project for another organisation is an external project in that way.
The worst thing organizations can do to achieve its objectives is to divide the projects into internal and external. Is the first step to fail.
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1 reply by Vincent Guerard
Dec 21, 2017 4:40 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Sergio,

I will have to disagree, internal and external projects are different by nature. Doesn't mean they don't have to be well manage in both case.

An external project you provide the client a price, a timeline, quality etc. and if put in a contract. You can't change it because you didn't include something in a package and if it is major you may lose benefit or profit in that case.

In an internal project same situation might increase cost, cancel the projet or get the PM fire.

Why you consider a bad thing to distinguish the two projects context?
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Dec 21, 2017 2:24 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Vincent,

Not really sure how you concluded that I meant so, but I assure you that it is not the case. Your industry I assume is the same as mine, it is Construction.

Of course you can't do a project without a clearly split scope but your question, as far as I did understand, is asking how do we start by planning a project. Well, depending on the project and so many other requirements, we sometimes START with high level planning / schedule and go to the details as we progress. Other times, we do START with a more detailed approach but in both cases, you should end up with proper planning, WBS, Estimates & so on. Hope this clarifies !
Rami,

Your answer is clear, possibly the way I formulated the question was not.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Dec 21, 2017 6:04 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Cheers Vincent :-)
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