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How to Improve Your Project Planning and Scheduling Skills



Projects are the vehicles by which we implement change.


Companies and businesses must learn to become highly proficient at change. Projects are the vehicle through which change is realized so being proficient at change means being effective at implementing projects. This is how business and companies will be able to deliver sustainable value to their clients, customers and stakeholders. Mindful of the existential risks and the extent of change that is needed, engineers are well placed to implement the needed changes through infrastructure and technology projects.


Here are some ways to improve project planning and scheduling:

  1. Define clear project objectives: Before beginning any project, it's important to define clear and measurable objectives. This will help ensure that all team members are working towards the same goal and will help guide decision-making throughout the project.

  2. Involve all stakeholders: It's important to involve all stakeholders in the project planning process, including team members, sponsors, and customers. This will help ensure that everyone's needs and expectations are taken into account.

  3. Break down the project into smaller tasks: Breaking down the project into smaller tasks and sub-tasks can help make it more manageable and easier to plan and schedule. This can also help identify dependencies between tasks and allow for better resource allocation.

  4. Use project management software: There are many project management software tools available that can help with project planning and scheduling. These tools can help with task management, resource allocation, and project tracking.

  5. Continuously monitor and update the plan: Project plans and schedules should be living documents that are continuously monitored and updated throughout the project. This can help identify potential issues early on and allow for adjustments to be made as needed.

  6. Use historical data: Using historical data from previous projects can help identify common issues and risks, and can inform the planning and scheduling process for future projects.

  7. Incorporate feedback: It's important to incorporate feedback from team members and stakeholders throughout the project. This can help identify potential issues and allow for adjustments to be made as needed.

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