Key Project Planning Principles

While most reasonable people will, at least, acknowledge there is value to "planning" at a logical level, many of those same people are less than "emotionally committed" to the practice. Why is this? Generally, it is because the "project planning" they have witnessed has violated one or more of the following key project planning principles.

• Purpose The purpose of project planning is to develop a plan that enables the project to be executed and controlled, as shown in Figure 5.1.

Figure 5.1. Highlights the interactions between the planning, executing, and controlling project management processes.

Figure 5.1. Highlights the interactions between the planning, executing, and controlling project management processes.

• Multiple passes required Project planning is not a one-time activity performed at the beginning of a project. For starters, it generally takes several iterations to get to a comprehensive plan given the multitude of inputs that must be integrated and the number of stakeholders that need to agree on the plan. In addition, as things happen and we learn more, plans will need to be adjusted and details ironed out as the project moves along.

caution

A Microsoft Project file (or anything else resembling a project schedule, timeline, or WBS) is not a project plan.

A project plan will generally reference other documents and supplemental plans, including a WBS and project schedule.

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Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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