Planning a project can be very hard for the first time project planners. It can be frustrating especially if you are unaware of where you are supposed to start the planning. If it is your first time doing project planning, there are certain things that you need to bear in mind that will help you make the project a success. The scope of this description is to help the first time project planners know exactly what they are supposed to do when planning projects for them to become a success.
A project needs to have a need. If there is no need then you are just wasting your time planning the project. You need to make sure that the need is well defined in the plan of the project. The need for the project is like the window of opportunity that will help in making the project a success.
Gather as much information as you can about the project. Project planning needs to be holistic and so you need to do some research as you are planning the project. You need to know what you are getting yourself into and have all the information that you need to back up the information that you have.
The design of the project needs to be well done. A good design is very important as it helps people know exactly what you aim to achieve. It will help in creating a mental picture in the people who are going to be involved in the planning process and this will help fasten the planning process. It is also a good way of ensuring that you are able to meet the project deadline.
After you have come up with the design, you need to build a prototype. This will help you look at the practicality of the project. It will also help you get a better picture of the design. It is a good way of ensuring that any risks that are anticipated in the project are averted even before the project is started.
Once you have found risks or problems in the design, you need to go back to the drawing table and make another design that is without problems. There is no need to rush into starting the project so you can take your time as you come up with the final design. This however should be done bearing in mind the project deadline so you should not take too much time doing the redesign.
When everything is completed, you now need to make a presentation of the results. By following these processes, you can be sure that the results that you are preventing are valid and the project is something that can be implemented. These processes require that you dedicate a lot of your time, effort and that you seek advice from people who have the experience of planning successful projects. Going at it alone is too cumbersome and will cause too much frustration on your side.