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Project planning - 1 PROJECT PLANNING Everybodys Favorite...

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1 1 PROJECT PLANNING Everybody’s Favorite Activity by Jacob Z. Schanker 2 Why do a project plan? Why do a block diagram? Why do a schematic? Why prepare a shopping list? Who needs a bill of materials? Any other questions ?? 3 Top Ten Benefits of Planning Provides a road map or course of action Reduces uncertainty and ambiguity by clearly defining objectives and how they are to be achieved By showing how tasks are related to goals (accomplishments), guidelines are developed for decision making 4 Benefits of Planning - 2 The people participating in the planning process have a sense of ownership and commitment Faster and smoother implementation and operating efficiency Fosters communications by supplying people with necessary information to get the job done 5 Benefits of Planning - 3 Responsibilities are defined “up-front” People are more motivated when they know and understand what is expected of them People are more motivated when their activities result in frequent and visible accomplishments 6 Benefits of Planning - 4 A project plan enables progress to be monitored and quantified, and deviations (slippage, cost overrun) to be addressed and controlled (after Handbook of Engineering Management, John E. Ullmann, Editor, John Wiley & Sons)
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