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Essential Skills: Planning for Modern Projects

There is no single approach to planning a project, but for a given project, there is a best one.  So what is it?  And how can you know what it is?

For many project managers, especially in IT, it appears that planning is not too popular.  Even its poor cousin, scheduling, is less widespread than it used to be.  Even where planning is valued, the project managers often don’t have a particular process.  In part, this might be because there is very little written about precisely how you should go about planning.  This lack of support is in sharp contrast to the tens of thousands of pages written on how to schedule.

And yet planning remains the hallmark of well-managed projects.  When you are doing something that’s not been done before, and you have to do it within a set of constraints, you do need to map out the territory, have a plan.

These workshops address this.  Case studies drawn from many different sectors are used to illustrate an approach to and a process for planning each type of project.  We see how and why planning a resource-constrained project differs from an end-date driven project.  We show how to plan within a cost constraint, and how it differs from planning in a time-box.  We look at how to plan when using Agile, how to plan in stakeholder complex projects, and how to plan a project whose sole purpose is innovation.

A plan is a view of a future state that the project is purposed to achieve.  As things change, in particular, as stakeholder perceptions of this future state, or what ‘good looks like’ changes, the plan must change.  Perhaps the most valuable contribution made by Agile theorists to project management is how best to deal with changes to scope.  Such changes should be anticipated and welcomed, rather than seen as a problem.  Responding positively to change prevents a project delivering what is not wanted.  Planning is the project managers’ most effective tool to ensure this.

The format of the workshop session encourages the participants to bring current issues and concerns and share with the group what’s been done, how well it works, and where more insight is needed.

Workshop format

Workshops are tailored to your needs and delivered in the medium which best suits your participants.

Click the links below for example workshops approaches:

Online workshops

If you are an individual then these courses will soon be available as online courses through Udemy.

Contact us for more information.

Adaptive Project Planning is written by Louise & Christopher Worsley, the workshop leader. It was published in 2019 and describes practical approaches to planning projects.  It shows how the process varies depending on the project’s success factors.  It discusses the application of the ideas discussed in these workshops, and, using case studies drawn across the world and from many different sectors, explores how and what to plan, including when Agile techniques are in use.

A copy of the book is provided to attendees.

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