The Project planning stage

Setting up the plan

The Project Planning Phase is the second phase in the project life cycle. It involves creating of a set of plans to help guide our team through the execution and closure phases of the project. ... They will also help us manage staff and external suppliers, to ensure that we deliver the project on time and within budget

Execution of the plan

Task lists

The creation of a task list that details steps for every task throughout the project. Then we prioritize this list to effectively assign team members and resources. Tasks vary in how essential they are to the project. As we prioritize tasks, it may happen that some tasks that can be sacrificed completely to increase efficiency.

Setting timescales

Establish Duration: Once tasks have been compiled and prioritized, the next step is to establish how long they will take. This is where HGT's past experience plays a major role in order to make the best possible estimation.

Outlining dependencies

Not all tasks are the same. Some are dependent tasks. A dependent task is a task that can’t be started until another task has been completed. When crafting our project plan, it’s important we identify these dependent tasks from the outset. Dependent tasks can derail a project plan if too many team members are waiting for completion. It’s vital to note dependent tasks on our project plan so they can be linked. This linking shows team members the importance of one task being completed before another can be started.

Developing a resource plan

Completing tasks on time requires the development of a resource plan. This is the final transitional step between project phases. Resources, in this context, include everything from team members, to office equipment, to the software we use to plan and execute our project. It’s important we identify all resources so they can be managed effectively