Project planning within project management is the process to quantify the amount of time and budget a project will cost. The purpose of project planning is creating a project plan that a project manager can use to track the progress of his team.
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How to plan a project
Project planning is not something that is done only once at the beginning of the project. It should be an ongoing task of the project manager to keep an eye on the progress of his team and update the project plan accordingly. Project management software can be helpful if used properly. There are several project management standards that describe in detail how to plan and manage a project.
The September/October 2001 issue of IEEE Software lists the Nine Deadly Sins of Project Planning:
- Not planning at all
- Failing to account for all project activities
- Failure to plan for risk
- Using the same plan for every project
- Applying prepackaged plans indiscriminately
- Allowing a plan to diverge from project reality
- Planning in too much detail too soon
- Planning to catch up later
- Not learning from past planning sins