Why Have a Plan?
Why have a plan you ask? What’s the point of one? Well, think of this way, would you build a house without a plan? Chances are probably not. It seems silly to even think of building a house without the proper plans, so why do it in business? Many people don’t see the value of having a plan but we must embrace the benefits of properly planning your projects. It’s the foundation to success, and without the foundation your project will sink.
10 Reasons why a plan is important:
- Plans help you define the scope of the project (not only you but to your client too!)
- A plan is important because it defines the key roles of external resources such as contractors and subcontractors for each stage of the project
- A plan helps you foresee any calculated challenges. Of course there will be some surprises that pop up but planning for any mishaps will help you with a disaster recovery action plan
- Plans help you accurately quote/estimate a project
- Plans help you with project management
- Plans help you define goals, objectives and deadlines
- Plans help you stay on schedule and budget
- Plans help you measure the success of the project
- Plans help you debrief the finished project by highlighting what worked and what didn’t work
- Plans help you develop your next plan
Take Your Time Planning
When you’re developing your plan take your time – don’t rush it. Think about it. And I mean really think about everything and everyone involved in the project. Consider time and effort from employees, contractors, clients, the target audience, environment, etc. It’s important not to rush through any stages and do your research.
Every project you tackle should have a strategic plan. Some projects may be more comprehensive and sophisticated and some plans may be simple and short. The point is, the plan will help you meet your goals and project objectives. Remember why it’s important to have a plan, and always consider the 10 reasons why a plan is important.
Tell us about any tips you have for writing a project plan? Leave your comments in the section below.