Software Project Survival Guide SPSG Home | Resources by Chapter | Resources by Subject Survival Check Home Complete List of Survival Checks Survival Check for Chapter 4 Survival Skills The project team creates a detailed written plan designed to eliminate potentially costly problems early in the project. The project emphasizes the importance of upstream work by holding Planning Checkpoint Review and making a go/no go decision when the project is about 10 percent complete. The project practices active risk management. Project plans emphasize visibility and control. The project plan involves real users early and throughout the project. The project is conducted in a productive environment, or the project plans assume lower productivity. Project plans call for a simple-to-complex approach rather than the reverse.