Project Planning

by David J. Williams, (F.ASCE),

Part of: Preparing for Project Management: A Guide for the New Architectural Engineering Project Manager in Private Practice


Good project management is based on good project planning. A project work plan, structured from a good process, is a statement of what is to be done, who is responsible for each task, when it will be done, and how many dollars will be allocated to the effort. It causes the architect or engineer, consultants, clients, and other key participants to think the project through before starting work. It provides guidance for directing the work and sets up yardsticks for measuring project progress. Working within the guidelines in this discussion, the PM designs and coordinates a planning activity that involves the full team in producing a written work plan. This work plan can be small or it can be large.

Subject Headings: Project management | Consulting services | Architects | Client relationships | Team building


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