Fresh Look – Is a series of articles taking a look at common topics to try to come up with some new ideas and insight into problems that seem to repeat themselves across many organisations.
In a world of information overload it is very easy to lose sight of what matters, so this is the first in a series of posts that revisit to remind about some core concepts so what could be more important than planning
One of the great mysteries of our profession is planning. For most of our clients, project and programme management is all about having a plan, and yet most of our professional qualifications don’t actually involve much planning, in fact some of them go out of their way to avoid it like PRINCE2.
So we shouldn’t really be surprised that so many projects run late or go wrong. There is a sequence to events that are needed to bring a good plan together. In this article we have set out this sequence for you to consider – Planning – back to basics
Now, if you are really interested in finding out more about planning and how you can improve your performance, check out our book.
Back in 2008 Aspire Europe started delivering maturity assessments (using P3M3®), part of which is reviewing how effective organisations were at planning. Our experiences from these maturity assessments and working with clients, is that planning is an area of weakness for many organisations. this article goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this.
Based on the findings, the P3M3® lead author, Rod Sowden, goes back to basics and identifies one or two of the reasons for this . To read more, click here
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Would you set off on a journey without planning your route first? Effective project planning ensures you reach your project destination on time and on budget. To read more click here
Ten things that will you find in the Practical Guide to project planning – a step by step guide that you won’t find in other
- It is written with you in mind! We are not expecting you to be a guru, building the Olympic Park or managing High Speed 2, everyday projects are hard enough
Successful planning is about people and behaviours! Rather than techniques and tools, the data needed for planning is assembled through a number of activities, not making up numbers to feed into a software package
Business projects are different to technical projects! So we have used a business project as the case study, these tend to be less predictable and have elements of different project types in them
Moderating optimism! We have included guidance on setting priorities, estimation and helping to moderate the optimism bias gives you more chance of finishing successfully
- Planning lifecycle! We have used a lifecycle that shows the stages and events that trigger planning activities, instead of giving you a list of techniques, we bring it to life for you. The focus is on “How” to plan rather than telling you “what” to do
Techniques at the right time! Every step of the way we offer a technique to use at each point, with an explanation of what it does and how you should use it
- Worked examples! We illustrate each technique with a worked example based on a case study that provides an example of everyday challenges we face
- Templates and tools! All part of the process, but effective planning is based on having the right information available at the right time, the focus of the book is on systematically collecting this information
Useful check-lists! Common areas of failure for most projects, to help you avoid making them, we also include an example template on how to assemble your planning information
Clear responsibilities and tasks for all the main roles involved with planning, which is everyone involved with the project!
For more information on the book and how to buy from The TSO, click here
At the heart of good project management is effective planning and effective stakeholder engagement. We are offering a 50% discount on these eLearning courses to help you get ahead with these two core skills.
To get this discount on both of the below courses (£37.50 for 12 months license), please use the booking codes PPILAPRIL16 or SMILAPRIL16 when contacting our Course Manager.
Good planning is at the heart of good programme and project management. However, all too often the good practice learned on training courses is not put into practice in the real world. Would you like to put the concepts of planning into practice to construct a viable plan?
Our Stakeholder Management course provides you with a unique opportunity to attain not only the theoretical knowledge of stakeholder management from our expertise as thought leaders in this area , but also attain an understanding of the practical application we have acquired as accredited consultants assessing organisational performance.