Karl Wiegers' article gives us 5 categories for best practices in project management. Broken into laying the foundation, planning the project, estimating the work, tracking your progress, and learning for the future, Wiegers' tips cover the gamut of the project lifecycle. Using a mix of personal experience and stories, this article provides a great insight into some of the best practices proven through field use. For instance, he cites an example where a project manager simply agreed to shorten a planned schedule. Instead, he argues, the better solution would have been to negotiate to a more realistic solution.