Do you get hung up on project planning? Do you think it is unnecessary or takes up too much time? In this post, we explain why project planning is an essential activity that will help you to achieve your goals.
Many people get hung up on project planning. Some say they don’t have the time to prepare a project plan.
Others think the project plan is unnecessary. They assume the project plan is a complex document. One that accounts for every minute of every day.
In this post, we aim to dispel some of these myths. We will show you that project planning is an essential activity that happens to result in some really useful outcomes: documents that will help you to achieve your goals.
Project Planning In a Nutshell
plan vb. to make plans; to have in mind as a purpose; intend
Project planning helps us form the basis of understanding. In other words, planning is an aid to predict and prepare for difficulties, and to identify what needs to be done to succeed in our endeavours.
Why Create a Project Plan?
What’s more, project planning helps us to answer a variety of questions with confidence. For instance:
- Can it be done?
- Will it be finished on time?
- How much will it cost?
- Is it viable?
- Will it work?
- How can we be certain if it will deliver the right benefits?
- What if we change something?
- How much progress have we made?
- What if someone is ill or unavailable?