Excellent article from Stacey Douglas with “The Project Plan; How Much Detail Is Enough?“.
I personally have never been one of those PMs who “err on the side of high-level tasks”, but I have definitely been the target of arrows from team members. They don’t like to take the time to think through things. They feel this is micromanagement. As Stacey says, “It isn’t. Being asked to state at the end of the day if you finished what you started out to do that day is not a big deal.” We have to stick to our guns.
At the same time, we have to remember that project planning is a means to an end, not a means in itself. It is a difficult balancing act.