Planning Projects and Achieving Results
Book Eleven in the Managing People series.
Having a plan is the key to a successful outcome – on schedule and without panic breaking out as deadlines approach and outcomes are still to achieve.
- The first step in any plan is to assess the current situation looking at what is available to work with and the key elements that impact on the plan.
- Second – and often overlooked – is the examination of any assumptions that may be made in order to achieve the stated objective. People frequently
make unnecessary assumptions when there is action that can be taken to check things out.
- Thirdly is to brainstorm a list of potential objectives – more often than not the given objective is sufficiently ‘woolly’ or general to allow refinement and this is an ideal opportunity to explore what might be done, rather than going for the obvious.
- The fourth step is to choose one of these objectives and start moving towards it.
- Step five is the part where the detail must be created – the Action Plan. This details who does what, when, with whom and in what order.
- Step six uses the action plan as a means of monitoring progress to ensure that the plan stays on track.
- Finally, the seventh step recognises that things may change during the course of the action plan being carried out and there may be a need to bring a
contingency plan into play or to revise some aspects of the plan itself.
All these steps make project management a matter of dealing with critical incidents and unforeseen emergencies only. If planning has been thorough, these will be very few, leaving the manager free to do other work, confident in the knowledge that objectives will be achieved on schedule.
About the author
Lesley Morrissey is an author, coach, trainer, business consultant and professional speaker. She is passionate about developing people. This book is aimed at helping
you to take small steps to great results!
Lesley has worked in the UK and overseas with a diverse range of nationalities and with managers of many levels of expertise. Without exception, her practical approach to solutions has been received with enthusiasm by trainees and companies with who she consults.