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Your guide to project planning

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Transcript of Your guide to project planning

About Project Management
Knowledge:

PMBOK - Project Management Body of Knowledge
UNEpartnerships

Further learning:
- Australian institute of Project Management
- UNEpartnerships
- Project Management Institute
Your project
Your role as a leader
Your guide to
project planning

Who is involved in a Project?
Sponsor
- Person overseeing the Project

Steering committee
– reports to project sponsor and coordinates

Project Manager
– The link, communicator etc.

Project Team
– People who perform the tasks
Planning your project
Decide on a group project
- Real life examples are best
Nine functions of Project Management
- Scope
- Time
- Quality
- Cost
- HR
- Risk
- Communication
- Procurement
General life cycle of a project
1. Concept
- Proposal
- scope
What is a Project?
2. Develop
- Prepare to start
3. Implement
- Do
- Monitor
4. Finalise
- Close
- Evaluate
Project Manager
Planning your project
1. What tasks do you need to complete?
Creating a work break down structure
Hierarchical plan that summarises and displays sub projects and tasks within a project
Effort/Duration
Difference between effort and duration

Effort - How long will it take to complete the tasks (you may be waiting for others)
3 people @ 2 hours = 6 hours effort

Duration - How long will it actually take you to complete the work
3 people @ 2 hours = 2 hours duration

A painter paints a house every day for 2 hours, but has to let it dry each day. It takes him three days to finish the house = 6 hours effort / 3 days duration
2. Can you place these in phases? Think:
- Concept
- Develop
- Implement
- Finalise
3. What are the milestones?
Helps you to:- Identify potential sub projects
- Visualise the sequence in which work must be performed
- Break down elements of work to be completed
- Delegate tasks
Scope
What will you do and what will you not?
In scope:
- Create a party
- Review the party

Out of scope:
- Future years parties
- Ongoing party events
- Guestlist
Assumptions/Constraints
What does the project team know and what is unknown?

A
constraint
will happen whether you like it or not. Budget, time, resources, deadlines for milestones are always constraints.

Considering constraints will help you understand what definitely will limit you

As you define the project, you will encounter unknowns - questions that you don't yet have answer for. By examining these unknowns, this gives your project sponsor the opportunity to analyse potential issues which may arise in future and any associated risks
Constraints - the known
- Event must happen by xx date
- We have a limited budget
- We have to meet the project milestones/deadlines
- We have limited staff resources

Assumptions - the unknown
- That we are able to source the venue we require
- Planning for a long time and may not have the staff with the right skills
- We can promote the event on campus
- We will have the support of management
Determining relationships
All tasks cannot run simultaneously
Tasks often depend on each other

Finish to start
– most common relationship
Start-start
– two concurrent tasks
Finish-finish
– predecessor task must finish before the other can finish
Start-finish
– uncommon – the previous must start before the other can finish
Determining relationships
Delivering and evaluating
- Coordinating
- Controlling
- Monitoring
- Tracking costs
- Tracking completion
- Dealing with variances

EVALUATION
What is your purpose / objective?
Purpose - Raise awareness of the UNSW Leadership Program

Objective - Plan, coordinate and deliver an event for xx people by 30 December 2013
"A temporary endeavour undertaken to create a unique product, service or result" (A guide to Project management body of knowledge, 3rd edition page 5
Learning outcomes
- Develop knowledge of project management principles for small scale events, projects and activities

- Understand the role of a project leader and project team

- Develop understanding of the life cycle of a project
Learning outcomes
- Develop knowledge of project management principles for small scale events, projects and activities

- Understand the role of a project leader and project team

- Develop understanding of the life cycle of a project
Specific
Measurable
Achievable
Realistic or Relevant
Timely
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