There are several different job positions in the work world that require planning skills outside of project management field, such as financial planners or event planners. One might describe a planner as one that is:
- Always looking ahead/Future
- Looks for ways to increase efficiency
- Creates/follows processes
- Pays attention to detail
How Does One Become a Better Planner?
- Informal Education: Perhaps you read, watch, or learn from other planners on how they execute an event or project and ask questions/take notes
- Formal Education: Maybe you took a class, such as project management or system analysis & design, where the professor teaches design the current system through diagramming and look for ways to improve the system or even when you work on group projects
- Experiment: Plan a nice dinner for your family and answer the questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and how you are going to execute this event
Planning Skills Considerations:
I feel planning skills can be used on all different types of projects, but some success factors that can help you are:
- Have Domain Knowledge: For example, if you are a project manager for a construction project to build a new hospital, you should have a background on how to build a building, knowledge in safety regulations, what are the required needs for a hospital, etc. You may understand each phase that a project goes through, but having domain knowledge in your specialized area you are managing a project is also important.
- Have Enough Resources: Different project sizes can be challenging, as you maybe great at planning a small birthday party by yourself, but planning a party for a community event is a larger task, which requires more resources, time, money, and coordination to plan for. Ask yourself what resources you have and those you might need to complete the task.
- Make a Task List: It’s important to make a task list of each step that needs to be completed in order to complete the overall project goal.
- Triple Constraint: Keep in mind the scope, time, and cost of the project when planning a project.
What helpful planning tips can you share? Please comment below, as I would love to read them!