There is enormous power in sitting down and planning out an IT project before getting started. This is one of the keys to effective consulting. Typically a consultant has to follow a fairly rigid document path involving several planning steps. The plan should be created, then reviewed and revised by the team. As simple as this sounds, often IT projects get stated and move forward with little planning beyond the description of the work to be performed – “Cowboy Style”. If you find yourself moving too quickly with little planning, step back and re-assess the IT project. Develop a complete plan!