Basics of Project Planning

Terms, techniques and approaches explained, acting as a foundation of good project planning
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2014 English

Course Description

This is a basic project management course that will provide attendees with a good understanding of the basic concepts related to planning projects, although aimed at students who are new to projects and planning it has some elements that will reinforce planning processes for more seasoned project professionals.

We will discuss concepts like

    ·Gantt Charts



    ·Progress Tracking

    ·Work Breakdown Structure

    ·Top Down Planning

    ·Critical Path Analysis

Explaining and then using these concepts and approaches to build a simple example project plan in Microsoft Project 2010. The steps discussed can be applied to any version of MS Project and are also valid in other project planning software tools. It is not necessary to have MS Project 2010 installed but using the examples covered in some form of planning tool will aid the students.

Students are guided through each of the concept areas building layers of understanding and introducing context to each subject discussed; starting from the Gantt Chart and a review of Henry Gantt’s idea to communicate plans, confirming how modern planning approaches seek to represent and control the dependencies between tasks. Moving on to discuss how the project plan is a valuable and useful communications tool both within the project team and outwardly to stakeholders and senior management.

Students will take a look at how the plan when effectively tracked can improve estimating and delivery for future stages and what steps might be taken to re-plan the project as a result of items tracked.

Once the basic concepts have been covered students can see how these might be applied to an example but simple project, using a top down planning approach and giving a simple and easy assemble of the project plan. The resulting plan shows how resources are assigned and provides an outline cost profile for the project.

The material covered will provide a solid foundation for future project planning, and further training in project management, leaving students with enough knowledge to build and track plans in their own projects.

What are the requirements?

  • A planning software tool of some form is helpful but not necessary. Ideally MS Project 2010 or above to follow the exact examples used.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of Project Planning
  • Have a good foundation for future project management training associated with planning
  • Able to apply basic techniques of planning

Who is the target audience?

  • Students can be anyone interested in project planning and they do not need any previous knowledge or experience of project management

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Section 1: Introduction

Introduction and outline for the course

Section 2: Basic Planning Concepts and Terms explained

An introduction to Gantt charts, including their history and how they are displayed. Discussing the building blocks of gantt charts, defining the links between tasks in a plan and the type of dependencies that are available. Clarifying terms like lag, float and milestones and how these are used in a planning context.


Explaining Baseline as a concept and looking at how and when it might be used.


Looking at the ways of presenting progress and tracking the project. Examining the options for recording progress and the advantages and disadvantages of different tracking approaches. Briefly looking at the need for replanning following your tracking sessions.


Explain Work Breakdown Structure and how it helps to summarise and simplify reporting, but also can be used to drill into detail allowing more in depth control at critical point of the project.


Explains Critical Path Analysis and how this puts focus on key tasks in a project.

Section 3: Building a Plan

Looking at the basic approaches to planning and the targetting of plans


Looking an a simple example project that we will use as a basis for our example plan.


Taking the top down planning approach and build our sample project plan from the structure we have gathered Updated 15-Jun 2014


Taking the project plan we have built using MS Project for our Product Launch and adding first generic resourses and then named people and the appropriate material resources.

Adding Costs
Section 4: Summarise what we have learned

A Short review and summing up the items discussed in the course, confirming the goals you should have achieved.

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Instructor Biography

Mike Harkin, Project Management Professional and PMO Consultant

A professional, results-driven and experienced Project Management Professional with expertise spanning the full project lifecycle including PMO management, portfolio management, business change, project governance, risk management, project implementation and resource management. Solid knowledge and practical experience of PRINCE2, P3O, MSP, PMI PMBOK as well as other project, programme and portfolio tools, methods and processes. Mike has run tailored courses for a number of organisations, including TNT, Ryder, Games Workshop, and British Polythene industries

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