Planning the bedrock of project management
Posted by APM on 17th Sep 2012
On the 12th September around 45 members of the North West branch attended an evening presentation from APM Fellow Guy Hindley on the importance of formulating an integrated project plan. The event, held at Room Four in Golbourne, focussed on the practicalities of Guys many years experience in project planning, currently with BAE systems at Warton in Lancashire.
Among the key messages that Guy stressed were: the requirement to engage with a wide range of project stakeholders and contributors, establish their needs [rather than their wants or nice-to haves], fully engage with the team members in the plan's development and its realisation throughout the project, and ensure that the planning activities are fully aligned with the projects cost and risk management processes.
In particular, Guy places emphasis on having complete ownership of the project plan by all of the team members in order to achieve success.
Real world planning requires many interactions, an eye for detail and the ability to establish a good rapport with the team, client personnel and many others. This may be through activities well outside the project environment sport, university or other interests.
All this should happen before you even touch the latest piece of magic software. It is not enough to know how to enter the information and print some fancy charts the planner must understand what it means and all the implications.
As Guy said: dates are the outcome of good planning, not the other way round!
Guy's presentation can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
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How most projects are at the same time both wildly successful and spectacularly disappointing, and everything in between, depending on the point of view of different stakeholders.
So what do people actually do on projects, and in particular do they collaborate with each other? If they do collaborate how has this come about?, and if collaboration is lacking, how then do we as project managers and leaders, encourage more collaboration?