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APM Planning, Monitoring and Control Specific Interest Group

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Specific Interest Groups (SIGs) discuss particular aspects of project management to further understanding and good practice.

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About this SIG

Integrated planning The application of management processes that bring together the planning of benefits, success criteria, scope, quality, time, resources, cost, risk, communications etc to create the project management plan.

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition

What is planning?

The generic area of operation is project control, focusing on the techniques and processes listed as well as interfaces to other subject areas, e.g. risk, governance, programme and portfolio management.

Beyond the tool set there is an interest in the behavioural aspects of management and how this affects implementation and leadership within these areas.

Planning
"Planning determines what is to be delivered, how much it will cost, when it will be delivered, how it will be delivered and who will carry it out. "
APM Body of Knowledge, 6th edition

Monitoring
"The recording, analysing and reporting of project Performance as compared to the plan in order to identify and report deviations."
APM Body of Knowledge, 5th edition, Glossary

Control
"Tracking performance against agreed plans and taking the corrective action required to meet defined objectives"
APM Body of Knowledge, 7th edition, Glossary

About this SIG
The PMC SIG seeks to promote and develop awareness and understanding of the benefits of planning, monitoring and controls and bring together planning, monitoring and control professionals to:  
  • share good practice
  • promote and develop career options raise visibility and awareness of PMC benefits
  • increase diversity and representation within the PMC profession
  • communicate and explore emerging trends and practices from across the profession
  • connect and have fun!
The SIG is formed by groups of volunteers and provides an unique meeting place for experts, beginners, specialists and generalists from all industry sectors.
The PMC SIG’s generic area of operation is project control, focusing on techniques and processes as well as interfaces to other subject areas, e.g. risk, governance, programme and portfolio management.
Beyond the tool set there is an interest in the behavioural aspects of management and how this affects implementation and leadership within these areas.
Working groups and publications
The SIG creates working groups to explore specific topics with interested members, a current working group is looking at Project Data Analytics and how this may change how project controls evolves in the future.
The PMC SIG is involved in the development and publishing of a number of guides and tools and is always keen for further involvement in this space.  Current publications under development are a Senior Managers Guide and the next iteration of the “Planning Guide”.

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Featured resources

Senior Managers Guide To Project Controls Cover Card
Senior Managers' Guide to Project Controls

Making the case for investing in project controls.

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News by this SIG

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Thank you, reflections and committee election 2020-2021 overview from chair
The APM Planning, Monitoring and Control SIG recently concluded its new committee election process, and I am pleased to announce that Edi Hayward, Ewan Glen and

Blogs by this SIG

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Evaluation in project management: what you need to consider
Evaluation has a pivotal role in project management. Good evaluation maximises learning from projects and facilitates the effective communication of project benefits and successes. It serves as the compass, guiding projects toward successful completion and it should be woven into the very fabric of your project.
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Sense-checking what’s intended: Testing the road worthiness of any plan
Big brands and inventors have long been aware of the danger of creating products that customers simply don’t understand. Think EZ Squirt Ketchup, BIC disposable underwear or even the Segway. When it comes to projects, problems with planning often stem from the same root cause; those carrying out the project have been unable to understand what is intended. In a number of cases, this is simply because none of the people initiating the project have articulated the intent behind it or, if they have, they simply haven’t shared it. 
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What’s the Point? Planning with Intent
Using this idea of intent as a basis for shared meaning is extraordinarily useful in any complex environment because it gives those people delivering the project the authority and the boundaries for independent thought. The whole point of managing projects effectively and efficiently is that you know where you are trying to get to, but you allow those delivering it a level of discretion in terms of the best way to get there.

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