What is Project Planning?
Project Planning is essentially creating roadmap of a project from start to finish. It allows us to identify and organise the work that needs to be done and get things done on time and on budget. A project plan covers the entire scope of a project and serves as a baseline for analysing how a project is advancing. This allows us to anticipate any delays or risks in advance. To do this we have two main inputs: a work breakdown structure, which links each step in a project, and a master time schedule process to monitor the status of a project. Project teams use these tools and processes to see how a project is progressing and identify opportunities to improve a project’s execution.
How does Project Planning help?
Project planning is an important part of the project team’s activities. Today, projects are becoming more complex. Customers are more demanding, budgets are tighter and deadlines are shorter. This is where project planning comes in. This is particularly relevant in larger projects such as the London Olympic Stadium construction in 2011. This project was one of those where applying planning guidelines was primordial.
In a number of organisations, Project Planning has been very transformative. A good percentage of these organisations have built project planning communities in their various regions or offices. A few have had to implement an overall planning strategy or guidelines for project managers and teams to follow. Standard templates also exist for creating work breakdown structures and time schedules for different types of projects for instance. Some examples include Platform extensions works in Rail project, substation works in Power sector, building construction works etc.
Overall, the Project Planner develops and maintains schedules, monitor schedule performance. He or she identify risks and opportunities, communicate and make recommendations to Project teams. They support contract management by substantiating Variation orders and Claims to mention but a few.
How can we help you at Waymaker Learning?
A large part of what we do at Waymaker Learning is to inform our course delegates or training participants about project planning. This is particularly the case for project managers, functional managers, analysts. However, it also applies to new users and more types of people. We provide a variety of training courses and delivery methods on Project Planning. This includes showing delegates how to build a project plan using Oracle Primavera Software. It also explores following an improved time schedule. Finally, it looks into demonstrating how to use the results to analyse the progress of a project.
Delegates that have attended our project planning courses are now using a common scheduling database called Oracle Primavera. Today, project planners are analysing float, critical path and variance to keep their projects on track.