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Plan for Project Success

November 9 2009

Good planning is a sure fire way to project success according to Method123, leaders in online Project Management Templates.

Project managers need to think ahead and plan what is required and all possible eventualities before embarking on a project says Jason Westland, CEO of Method 123 Ltd.

“All too often managers jump in at the deep end and start delivering without considering the implications. Planning is an essential element of good project management as it helps project managers to identify the project objectives, define the scope, allocate resources, understand the costs, establish tasks, milestones and deliverables, as well as consider what can be done to mitigate change, risks and issues.”

Project Planning is the second phase in the project management life cycle after project initiation. It involves creating a set of plans to help guide managers and their teams through the next phases of project execution and closure. The plans created during this phase help to manage time, cost, quality, change, risk and issues. Project planning also helps project managers to manage staff and external suppliers to ensure that the project is delivered on time and within budget.

The project planning templates available from Method123 include all of the project management planning documents needed to plan projects successfully. There are about 15 planning templates including the Project Plan, resource plan, financial plan, quality plan, risk plan, acceptance plan, communications plan, procurement plan, as well as several other essential planning templates. Every template has been pre-formatted and includes sections, tables and practical examples to help project managers plan projects effectively.

The Method123 project planning templates are part of the comprehensive Project Management Kit. The kit includes all of the project management templates and tools needed to successfully deliver projects. It comprises hints and tips, real-life examples, charts and tables that cover every activity in the project life cycle from initiation to planning, to execution, to closure.

Project planning software is now also available at Method123‘s sister site ProjectManager.com. This smart Project Management Software enables project managers to create and share project plans with their colleagues, manage their teams online and track progress daily. They can schedule tasks, assign resources, set milestones and baselines, add notes, email alerts and priorities, and monitor progress online. It is also compatible with Microsoft Project so that managers can import and export plans quickly and easily.

Method123’s online project management solutions include a Project Management Methodology and project management software, which combined with the project management template kit, present a unique and compelling offering to project managers around the world.

For more information, visit Method123.com