- Now we come to stage four of the planning process,…which is to think about the running order of the tasks.…At this stage, people quite often jump…straight to a Gantt chart, but you mustn't.…You must do what I call a Post-It Note diagram first.…The posh name for these things is a Network diagram…or sometimes a PERT chart, but basically,…it's fine to call them a Post-It Note diagram,…because that's what they are, really.…What I've done is I'm imagining here…that I've got a little project, I'm going to open up…a distribution center in a foreign country.…
I've brainstormed my tasks.…I've got to decide which country,…I've got to get a manager and some staff,…I've got to buy a site.…These are just in a random order,…the order that I've brainstormed them in.…What I'm going to do is have a little think…about how I'm going to do this project.…This really is the heart of my planning process.…If you find yourself thinking,…"Ugh, I don't know how to even begin to plan that project.…"I don't know where to start."…That's a sure sign that you need to do this process.…
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- Define the project scope.
- Identify how to list tasks.
- Estimate costs and time.
- Assess how to plan for risk.
- Determine how to stay on budget.