Here are some useful Project planning tips to help you plan your
project to ensure it achieves its objectives.
Break project tasks into manageable sections or
Break your project plan down into Outcomes or Deliverables
required at each stage. This will:
Help you spot when things are going wrong
Allow you to identify and support any item which
is taking longer than expected
Make it easier to assess the impact of changes
and change the plan if need be
Create a feeling of success when items are
finished on time or early.
You need to find the right level of detail - too
large and it will be hard to monitor and
control; too small and it becomes unwieldy.
The further away a stage is, the less easy or
important, it is to include a lot of detail.
You can firm up plans for later stages nearer
the time. But you could include a milestone to
target a date when you will add more detail to
Next establish the sequence of the Deliverables. For
Check if there are any deliverables that have to
be completed at the same time as others.
Check is there are any deliverables that need to
be completed before another deliverable can
Check if there are any deliverables that must
start on a fixed date.
Check and indicate if any deliverables are dependent
on each other. Identifying these deliverables will
help you organise the work so you can ensure it is
Also agree who will carry out the work to produce
Estimate how much time it will take to produce each
Determine the milestones. These are key dates when
you should check the Project is on course and to
measure its progress. Also represents the key dates
when an activity should be achieved or is required
(e.g. a report should be produced, progress meeting
should take place).
Finally, it is important that you ensure you will
have sufficient resources to make your plan work.
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