All About Execution
Finally, you are ready to begin the execution process of your project. It seems like you've been planning forever. You'll soon see that it was well worth it: You can much easier execute a project that you have planned well than a project that you have thrown together. You have created a workable plan and have anticipated what can possibly go wrong. You've also actually built mitigation plans, just in case things do go wrong. You are ready to go. So what needs to be done now that you are executing the project? Do you need to do specific activities, or is it simply a matter of performing each task in the project schedule?
Actually, you must take care of a handful of executing activities. I cover those in this chapter. You'll also see in Chapter 12, "Keeping the Project on Track," and Chapter 13, "Controlling Changes," that all the activities discussed in these three chapters get done while executing the project. You will be very busy executing the project, controlling changes, and keeping everything on track. Let's start with a concept that sets the stage for all the work activities in these chapters: creating the baselines.