Jan 28

Aggregate project plan enables management to improve the way it manages the development function.

Following are eight steps of an aggregate project plan

  1. Define project types as either breakthrough, platform, derivative, R&D or partnered projects
  2. Identify existing projects and classify them by project type
  3. Estimate average time and resources for each project type based on earlier experience
  4. Identify existing resource capacity
  5. Determine the desired mix of projects
  6. Estimate the number or projects that existing resources can support
  7. Decide which specific projects to pursue
  8. Work to improve development capabilities

Source: Creating project plans to focus Product Development by Steve C. Wheelwright and Kim B. Clark (HBR: 92210)

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