That’s right; the kick-off meetings are done. The funding for the new project has been distributed to the appropriate departments, but the illusion of how easy this project will be starts to diminish.
The management committee appropriated the funds based on a 4 week project instead of a six month project in order to ensure project approval. If the project is completed in 4 weeks it will increase corporate profits and market share. This market assessment is accurate but completing this project in 4 weeks to produce the desired result is not realistic.
Hmmm, this sounds like a project that will require daily status reports, milestones, and critical paths. Management prepares to start work immediately.
Fast forward to tomorrow, the third phase of the project.