Project Planner

Dick Billows, PMP

DicK Billows, PMP

For every minute you spend on your project planner you save 10 minutes during the execution of the actual project. The reason for that 10 to 1 payback is that a plan allows you to focus on executing rather than having to decide what you’re going to do next every day or every week. A plan doesn’t have to be big on smaller projects one page is more than sufficient to specify the scope of the project, the major deliverables,schedule milestones and a rough budget. The project plan communicate to everyone what were going to do and how were going to do it and as importantly what is not included in the project. Main Project Planning Page
Do you do your project plans like you were taking an order at a fast food drive-in window? The fast food approach to planning is focused on getting started quickly. This appeals to a lot of project sponsors who often complain about the planning meetings and paperwork that are necessary to get a project going. In the fast food approach we reach agreement with the sponsor on the first couple of things we’re going to do and then we start delivering them. Unfortunately, all too often those first few things fail to lead to the end result the project sponsor really wants. That’s why we should always start by defining the scope of the entire project and by encouraging the project sponsor to define project success with a metric. That metric gives us the crystal-clear project end result. Then we need to identify the major deliverables to craft the work breakdown structure Too many PMs use the fast-food approach and it makes a mess. See the right way to do it.

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