Project planning is central to project management. Planning takes place at all stages. When owners want a new facility, they put together a plan to acquire what they need. The plan is typically very simple in concept (though it may be quite complex in execution), consisting of a few steps:
Successive participants in the process—designers, contractors, specialty contractors, material suppliers—all plan, often with much greater detail but with limited scope, in order to execute their part of the project.
This chapter begins a series of three chapters primarily focused on time control, but related to all the elements of project management. Planning, the subject of this chapter, is essential to any task, whether it be management oriented or focused on execution in the field. The product of the plan is often a schedule (Chapter 5, “Project Scheduling Concepts”), which demonstrates its utility through the numerous ways in which it is applied (Chapter 6, “Production Planning”). As readers move through the book, they will see that the planning process, resulting in the project schedule, is what ties all of the elements of project management together.
Learning objectives for this chapter include: