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5 Common Planning Mistakes

Friday, May 30, 2014 - Steve Porter

It's difficult to predict the future despite the techniques we use to try to do just that. The reality is that planning out even a simple software development project is a challenge. There are many different variables to take into account, and therefore, an equal number of reasons for things to go wrong—sometimes horribly wrong. When it comes to delivering software against upfront predictions, we often don't get it right. This is well documented . Yet our tendency to plan this way 1 seems deeply ingrained.

Here are five common mistakes we make, and some ideas to consider that will make planning more valuable.

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