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As is true with defining a project, project planning is essential for project success. In defining a project, we ensure that we agree on what we will do and who will be involved. In planning a project, we focus on how the work will be done. This involves both how the deliverables will be developed and how the project will be managed. Thus, project planning involves the traditional areas of work tasks, resources, schedule, and costs, and it also sets the stage for managing project changes, project communications, project quality, project risks, project procurement activities, and the project team. Each of these factors directly impact stakeholder expectations and our ability to successfully control and execute the project.
Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about project planning, and often it is performed incompletely or incorrectly.
With this in mind, we will review the key principles of project planning, how to properly plan a project, the key planning questions that must be answered and agreed upon, the "must-have" elements of your Project Plan document, and the success criteria for the project planning process.
A planning technique that is often used to deal with the "realities" of planning project work is called rolling wave planning. Rolling wave planning is a technique that plans work details only for the next project phase. The planning for the subsequent phases is kept at a high level. As part of the closing process and review of the current phase, the work details for the next phase are then planned out.
Part i. Project Management Jumpstart
Project Management Overview
The Project Manager
Essential Elements for any Successful Project
Part ii. Project Planning
Defining a Project
Planning a Project
Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
Estimating the Work
Developing the Project Schedule
Determining the Project Budget
Part iii. Project Control
Controlling a Project
Managing Project Changes
Managing Project Deliverables
Managing Project Issues
Managing Project Risks
Managing Project Quality
Part iv. Project Execution
Leading a Project
Managing Project Communications
Keys to Better Project Team Performance
Ending a Project