Basics of Project Planning
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Basics of Project Planning

Terms, techniques and approaches explained, acting as a foundation of good project planning
3.8 (22 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
908 students enrolled
Created by Mike Harkin
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
  • A planning software tool of some form is helpful but not necessary. Ideally MS Project 2010 or above to follow the exact examples used.

This is a basic project management course has been revised for 2019 and updated to include current software and a wider range of examples.  The course 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 

  • Dependencies 

  • Baselines 

  • 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.  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  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. 

Who this course is for:
  • Students can be anyone interested in project planning and they do not need any previous knowledge or experience of project management
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:49:52
+ Introduction
1 lecture 02:28

Introduction and outline for the course

Preview 02:28
+ Planning Concepts and Terms explained
7 lectures 43:12

Overview of what is included in the Planning Concepts and Terms section

Preview 00:52

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.

Preview 06:28

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


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.

Work Breakdown Structure

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.

Measuring Progress

Reviewing the effect of the plan of measure progress and looking at how this adjusts the plan

Impact of measuring progress

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

Critical Path Analysis

Looking at the point learned in the concepts and tools sections

Reviewing your knowledge of Concepts and Terms
5 questions
+ Building a Plan
7 lectures 25:39

Overview of what is included in the Building a plan section

Preview 00:54

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

Planning Approach

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

Preparing for the plan

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

Creating plan in MS Project

Taking the base form of the project plan and saving a baseline and checking critical path

Assigning Baseline and Critical Path to the Plan

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 Resources

Adding Costs to your project plan

Adding Costs
+ Driving the plan
6 lectures 36:05

An introduction to the driving to plan section explaining the items to be covered

Preview 00:43

Looking at the first tracking point and what adjustments to the project plan that might raise

Tracking the Plan for the first Period

Look at risks, and applying the risk log to the project plan

Review Risks and their Impact on the plan

Looking at project issues and the effect on the plan and how to adjust your plan to the changes that might be required

Tracking the impact of an Issue

Looking at change request and the impact of change of scope for your plan

A change to Requirements

Closing down the plan in a ordered way and looking at use the wealth of data in to project plan for lessons learnt to improve future projects

Closing the plan and using data for Lessons Learnt
+ Summarise what we have learned
1 lecture 02:28

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

Review of Learning