Those who fail to plan, Plan to fail!

Many a times did we hear this saying “Those who fail to plan, Plan to fail” and it is very true.  A lot of managers these days claim that detailed planning is not needed and that concentrating on a plan is not important.  They base their claim on the fact that plenty of projects nowadays go over budget or completely fail.
This is true, a lot of projects now run over budget and many managers fail to execute the plan as designed.  But this does not mean that we omit planning all together.  The problem is we forget that besides putting the plan there are other factors that need to be considered to ensure the success of the plan.
Any project manager after putting the plan has to make sure he chooses the right team to implement it.  Communication skills are crucially important to make sure that the implementing team is communicating effectively to eventually succeed.  The manager himself has to have leadership skills to be able to coach the team and communicate effectively and induce the team spirit.  The minute you want to have everything in your hands and the minute you make decisions on your own without communicating, the minute you fail.
Along with the plan as well you have to put into consideration contingency plans.  You have to put onto the table all the possible “what ifs” and plan ahead for actions to be taken.
So it is extremely stupid to say we have to stop planning since we can’t stick to the plan most of the time.  The wise thing to say is we have to plan right and make sure that we are executing the plan in the right way using the right team and the right tools.

Many a times did we hear this saying “Those who fail to plan, Plan to fail” and it is very true.  A lot of managers these days claim that detailed planning is not needed and that concentrating on a plan is not important.  They base their claim on the fact that plenty of projects nowadays go over budget or completely fail.

This is true, a lot of projects now run over budget and many managers fail to execute the plan as designed.  But this does not mean that we omit planning all together.  The problem is we forget that besides putting the plan there are other factors that need to be considered to ensure the success of the plan.

Any project manager after putting the plan has to make sure he chooses the right team to implement it.  Communication skills are crucially important to make sure that the implementing team is communicating effectively to eventually succeed.  The manager himself has to have leadership skills to be able to coach the team and communicate effectively and induce the team spirit.  The minute you want to have everything in your hands and the minute you make decisions on your own without communicating, the minute you fail.

Along with the plan as well you have to put into consideration contingency plans.  You have to put onto the table all the possible “what ifs” and plan ahead for actions to be taken.

So it is extremely stupid to say we have to stop planning since we can’t stick to the plan most of the time.  The wise thing to say is we have to plan right and make sure that we are executing the plan in the right way using the right team and the right tools.

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One thought on “Those who fail to plan, Plan to fail!

  1. Having an inefficient project plan is mainly because of requirements gathering done either in haste, or not done at all.

    If you gather the requirements properly (remember that especially in software projects the client does not know what he wants), then the project plan will be much more relevant and useful. A project without a project plan is doomed to failure, as you said: “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.

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