"Never mistake motion for action."
Ernest Hemmingway

Project planning includes determining the overall and detailed process to be followed during the conduct of a project. The project plan is used in analyzing the feasibility of the project and in guiding the effort.

In analyzing the project’s feasibility, the processes of the project are modeled, the project is sized and activities are scheduled. This allows the project’s time requirements and costs to be estimated.
In guiding the effort, the project plan provides direction and enables communication and coordination of team members. The project plan defines the activities to be carried out during the project, states when the activities will be done, and defines what resources (including people) will be deployed to execute them.
Properly used, a project plan minimizes risk, inspires confidence, and provides a benchmark to determine the project’s progress.

Course Outcomes:
Students of Advanced Strategies’ Project Planning Course will return to work:

  1. With a framework and process for constructing project plans;
  2. Understanding the importance and fundamental uses of a project plan; and
  3. Able to determine the types of plans needed in their environment.

Course Outline:
Foundation of the Project Management Process
  • What Characterizes a Project
  • The Role of the Project Manager
  • Aspects of Project Management
  • Process for Establishing a Project
Project Process Planning
  • Why Plan
  • Desirable Characteristics of a Plan
  • What Types of Plans are Project Managers Interested In
  • Minimal Elements of a Complete Plan
  • How Much Planning is Enough
  • Fundamental Uses of the Plan
The Basic Plan
  • Determining the Type of Plan Needed
  • Modeling the Project (Process)
  • Sizing the Project
  • Scheduling the Project
  • Exploring the Plan
  • Finalizing the Plan
  • Securing Support for the Plan
Case Study- Basic Plan
  • Basic Planning Examples and Exercises
  • Case Study
  • Definition
  • Modeling and Sizing
  • Scheduling
  • Exploring
  • Finalizing
Detailed Project Process Plan
  • Creating a Detailed Project Plan for Unique Projects
  • Handling Multiple Deliverables
  • Stage by Stage Precision
  • Types of Sizings
  • Intuitive Functional Decomposition
  • How Uncertainties Affect Your Plan
  • Interlocking Plans
Evolution of Resources
  • Securing Resources
  • Participation Matrix
  • Assignment Matrix
  • Other Resource Matrices
  • Clustering Assignments
  • Contingency Allocations in Plans
  • Using Gantt Charts and Pert Charts

Who Should Attend:
This course is targeted for anyone leading, sponsoring or working on a project team including: Project Managers, Project Team Members and the Managers of Project Managers.

Course Prerequisites:
Project Definition

Course Duration:
Three Days

Class Availability: Request It Now!

Materials Provided:
Student Course Book, Samples, Case Study, and Additional Handouts on Detailed Techniques and Tips

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