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A simple question....

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Gary France
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I would like to ask a simple question of planners. If you are a planner and are reading this, then I want you to answer this question…..

What are the three most important attributes that you personally have that makes you good at your job of being a planner?

To start the ball rolling, my answers are…

1. I am a good at communicating the project plan to others who will use it.
2. My plans are very simple.
3. I have two ears and one mouth – I use them in that proportion. I listen to others and incorporate their (good) ideas into the project plan.

I look forward to some informative postings!

Gary France
Mace Limited

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Raj Maurya
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Gary,
In my view a planner should have the planning skills and in addition to that he should be clever to use the software tools. Softwares become very important for new planner because they have to show their abilities that they understands the plan and can produce the good looking reports. But for senior planners software provides data to analyse the Risks and opprtunities and that helps to convince the top management and shareholder (If you are working on potentially big project that needs to take certain investment decisions.
If you consider planners as in other decispline, engineers & Draft persion (Designer)then you can say software is not much essential for planning engineers that can be done by designers. But as per my experience planner has to do everything means making planning strategies, development of logics, scheduling and monitoring. So software is also needful. But planner can utilise the softwares in best ways only when he has all skill of planner.
Your second question about lot of discussion about Softwares, I guess it is because of planners need to get some new techniques to do the work faster.
Gary France
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Some interesting replies. I would have thought we would have seen more by now, but I guess PPers must be a shy bunch of people.

What I find interesting is that so far, not one person has mentioned being good at using software. This is what I thought would happen, so I am going to ask a follow up question. How important do you think being good at operating computer planning software (irrespective of which you use) is in performing your job as a planning engineer?

Personally, I don’t think it is at all important. Sure you need to be able to use software, but I believe software is just a tool to help you in your work. However, a great deal of the discussion topics on PlanningPlanet seem to concentrate on software issues rather than planning. Does anybody agree, or am I wrong?

Alex, apologies for not replying sooner, but I haven’t been back here for a while. What do you mean by “Understand the nine aspects of PMIBOK”

Gary France
Asif Anwar
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A bit different approach in what I am good at

1. Argue/brainstorm to get others agree/convince on my method/approach towards planning methods/solutions or getting agreed by others if I feel their proposal is better than mine.

2. Not shy in asking any problem which i cant solve or anything which i cant understand on the project, from other team members.

3. Able to carry out any sort of work required on project in absence of any other team member.

Asif
Dayanidhi Dhandapany
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My Answers would be:

1. Excellent Communication Skills & follow ups
2. Ability to Analyse and foresee problamatic areas in advance
3. Patience to update / status projects
IC Quiamco
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My answers are…..

1. Good in organizing/putting gatherered information into perspective.
2. Good knowledge in planning (sound knowledge in construction management & methodologies, use of available planning software & tools).
3. Good in implementating what was planned (Monitoring & control system, report system, etc.).
Alex Wong
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My answer will be

1. a good team member
2. Good analytical skill where you can value added to the schedule - That is very important, scheduler should be able to digest the info and add "time related" value to the projects. Like if someone is overestimating, too optimastic.
3. Understand the nine aspects of PMIBOK
Mark Heard
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This is a very interesting topic. My answers would coincide with the first two of Gary’s i.e.

1. I am a good at communicating the project plan to others who will use it.
2. My plans are very simple.

However, my third would be:

3. I can remove the perception that planners are agents of Big Brother!

The number of times project managers etc have visibly cringed when I approach them to ask for information are too many to count. All I tell them is that I paint a picture of the situation and show it to the rest of the company. If this picture is different to reality, then it is the PMs who will be asked the awkward questions, not me. Once this has been established, then the role of the planner is seen in a more positive light - which has to be a good thing.
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For me:
1- I’ll focus my full attention to my work.
2. Action / response should be on time / timely.
3. Work as a team. (in good faith).