Project Planning Definition
Project planning is the process of quantifying the amount of time and the size of the budget for a project. The output of the project planning process is a project plan that a project manager can use to track the project team’s progress.
Steve McConnell, author of several software development books, identified nine deadly sins of project planning. They are:
- 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.
I’ve also put together a short online course that describes project management fundamentals if you’re interested in learning more about this profession.