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Planning a project
Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just...
Gantt charts, critical path analysis, SMART objectives and estimation skills are just some of the topics covered in this unit to help you understand how to plan for a project. You will gain an appreciation of the range of planning techniques available and the situations in which it is appropriate to use them.
At the end of this unit you should be able to:
- develop plans with relevant people to achieve the project's goals;
- break work down into tasks and determine handover procedures;
- identify links and dependencies, and schedule to achieve deliverables;
- estimate and cost the human and physical resources required, and make plans to obtain the necessary resources;
- allocate roles with clear lines of responsibility and accountability;
- allocate tasks that are realistic and equitable and accommodate other work loads;
- establish appropriate and agreed meeting schedules, as well as reporting, control and communication methods.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The planning phase
- 2 Taking an overview
- 3 Where do I start?
- 4 Identifying deliverables
- 5 Mapping tasks and activities
- 6 Scheduling
- 7 Estimating costs, revenues and intangible benefits
- 8 Drawing up the implementation plan
- 9 Summary
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Planning a project
This unit will help you to develop the skills required when planning a project. You will examine the various components of a project plan, and be introduced to a number of tools and techniques to aid planning.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Fundamentals of Senior Management (B713) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
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Originally published: Monday, 11th July 2011
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