Miracles do happen
Experienced project professionals have long touted the importance of planning a project before launching the actual effort. This article reports how one project manager relied on a year-long planning effort to successfully develop and implement an ambitious railway initiative: demolish a stone bridge, construct four rail platforms, and create space for adding another track--all within 48 hours. It describes the project's scope, an effort implemented a mile from the center of Mumbai, India. It then discusses the key factors that enabled the project team to complete the project an hour ahead of schedule.