Planning?<br />Planning is looking ahead and preparing your self to focus on actions to achieve desired results. Effective Planning minimize the risk of failure.<br />For Effective planning:-<br /><ul><li>Think long term, Document short term
Let the plan be a living document</li></li></ul><li>Steps to Effective Planning?<br />Gather Information<br />Set a Goal<br />Explore Options<br />Create the Plan – Set of actions to reach the goal<br />Evaluate the plan<br />Take Buy In<br />Implement the plan<br />Track the plan<br />Close the plan<br />
Consolidate gathered Information</li></li></ul><li>Set a Goal<br />You should set a SMART goal<br />S – Simple<br />M – Measurable<br />A – Achievable <br />R – Realistic<br />T – Time Bound<br /><ul><li>Make it clear and concise
Assign resources to activities</li></li></ul><li>Evaluate the Plan<br />Evaluate the plan on various parameters and ensure that possible risks have clear mitigation plans. Some of the common project risks are below:<br />Unclear roles and responsibilities<br />Scope changes<br />Effort variation<br />Lack of resource commitment<br />Delay of responses from customer<br />No buy-in from Stakeholders<br />Poor and unclear communication<br />Revise the plan wherever required.<br />
Take Buy In<br />The benefits of planning depend on how well the plan is understood by the stakeholders and how well it is executed. For both of these, we need a buy in from the stakeholders. So, once the plan is in place:<br /><ul><li>Share the plan with stakeholders
Baseline the plan</li></li></ul><li>Implement the plan<br />For winning a game, it is important for the playing team to understand its rules. Similarly for implementing the plan successfully it is important that:<br /><ul><li>Ground rules are clearly defined, documented and educated
Support the team</li></li></ul><li>Close the plan<br />Closing the plan is as important as any other step in the planning process. Closing the plan gives the opportunity to evaluate what went wrong and what went right in the planning. <br /><ul><li>Get sign offs
Use it as a feedback for next planning</li></li></ul><li>Summary<br />Explore Options<br />Do Homework<br />Set the Goal<br />Create the plan<br />Evaluate the plan<br />Get Buy In<br />Implement the Plan<br />Enjoy the Success<br />Track the plan<br />Close the plan<br />
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