In the last 10 years, Aspire Europe has been involved in over 200 maturity reviews using the P3M3® maturity standard, worked as consultants in over 250 organisations, and delivered training to around 5,000 people across the globe. The one astoundingly consistent fact that has come out of this is that most organisations are very poor at project planning; it is a major constraining factor on their ability to deliver.
The industry isn’t helping itself, if you have a project manager who is qualified in the major qualifications, APMBOK, PMI, IPMA or PRINCE2® – the reality is that in the 10 days training they may have spent less than 10% of the time learning about planning – so we shouldn’t be surprised.
The majority of project methods and in-house handbooks fail to provide standards or guidance on techniques to be used. Therefore, we have developed a step by step approach to developing a plan that is aligned to the common stages in a project. We have explained the best practice techniques simply and given you an example based on a simple case study. The book review team noted that the guide goes ‘beyond just planning’, which is true since planning and project management are inherently linked through the project lifecycle.
This isn’t a survival guide to project management, planning is a specific element of that so it will be helpful if you have a basic understanding of the bigger picture.
Whether you are new to project management or have the general qualifications in project management, you will find something in this book for you. It will help to demystify some of the common vocabulary so when people use the terms you will understand what they mean, rather than nodding sagely whilst being totally confused.
If you are looking for a practical guide to help improve your project planning and increase your ability to control the plan – this is the book for you.
Expected release date: Summer 2015