Why Planning is Key to Project Management Success

Following the launch of our new Project Management Apprenticeship programme, lets look at the topic of planning, and why it is key to the success of a Project.

A quote from Brian Tracy, a self-development author and motivational speaker, exemplifies the importance of planning: “Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 100% return on energy!”

Planning is a key aspect of how Project Managers achieve success. Rushing or ignoring the project planning process can be detrimental to the success of a project. The more you plan, the better you use your time and ultimately the more you and your team achieve.

The Planning module of the Level 4 Associate Project Management apprenticeship programme includes learning on Budgeting and Cost Control – two key elements of the planning phase.

This module is then broken down into: scope, resources, budgets, risks, fixed and variable costs, direct and indirect costs, and tracking systems for actual costs. This helps Project Managers to monitor progress against consolidated plans and refine as appropriate.

The benefits to apprenticeship learning are that project managers can come together from a range of different backgrounds and sectors and share their experiences on how to best manage projects, with the discussions facilitated by an experienced trainer. These sessions are complimented with specific learning sessions and project work to demonstrate competence and skill.

The online learning sessions at The Apprentice Academy are very interactive and practical and make Managers re-examine and consider ‘best practice’ ways on how they manage projects.

The sessions cover:

  • Leading & Managing Projects
  • Project Scope & Change Management
  • Preparing Business Cases
  • Communication & Governance
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Issue & Risk Management
  • Contract Management & Procurement
  • Managing Quality & Continuous Improvement

Furthermore, the level 4 Associate Project Management Apprenticeship, includes the APM Project Management Qualification (PMQ) which is a valuable internationally recognised qualification.

Learn more about our Project Management programme.

For more information, please contact us using this email address – contactus@theapprenticeacademy.co.uk

or please call us on 0161 200 1673.