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PLANNERS GOLDEN RULES

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Andrew Pearce
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Lets try to get a list of Planners Golden Rules.
I think we should restrict to a max of 10


I will start off with

1. KISS (keep it simple stupid)
2. If you dont know ask

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Shanmugam Thangam...
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1)Analyze the activities always with quantities and resources required.
10)Finally use the common sense to finalize the planning

Ajith
Carlos Arana
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That, Rafael, is High-level political "planning" in Mexico:

"We will build the biggest and better project of doing good for our citizens in just our six years of government. VOTE US!"

Its advantage is, it mets to perfection the rule of "one activity without predecessors and one activity without succesors". The same as saying: "The project should have one start and one finish" in order to get a correct critical path.
Rafael Davila
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Micromanagers you all, the schedule should have only one activity.
Carlos Arana
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The schedule should have only one activity without succesors and one activity without predecessors.
ismail khan
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My golden rule is

"If you are failing to plan, then you are planning to fail"
Shahul Badhusha
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well said it happens in many case
Se de Leon
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Educate the Project Manager or else you become useless to him.
Shahul Badhusha
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Proper planning logic flow through a general common sense in otherwords golden mind
Scarllet Pimpernel
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Anyone how got the gold,

makes the rule

Thank you,
Scarlett
Mina Arsal
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A FOOL with a TOOL will always be a FOOL

Mina Arsal
Kristian Gargullo...
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Planning is as easy as ABC. ALWAY - BE - CLEAR.

kris
Clive Randall
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David its a good job you stopped at planner the next step may well have been plonker
Then where would you be, asking questions about others souls I guess.

But the problem with the word is all in the spelling not the Italian although #3 does in fact seem to do justice to what some postings make the reader feel like.

Anyway I feel you are a jolly fine planner even if you do tend to have anger issues brought on by overdosing on silly posts.

David Bordoli
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There you go again Clive…

Making me wonder if I have used the correct word (Italian being my mother tongue of course). I just checked the dictionary to make sure and it wasn’t until the fourth definition that I came close to what I mean…

#1: pour or rush back
#2: feed through the beak by regurgitating previously swallowed food; of some birds
#3: eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
#4: repeat after memorization

See… I can’t resist it, there I go again, regurgitating what I have just found out on WordNet. You are right, there is little hope for me.

Admitting I am a planner is also difficult – my dyslexia got the better of me, I thought I was signing up to be a plumber and now it’s too late.

D x
Clive Randall
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Reguritate
Whats that then David?
Saying what others have said but changing it a little?
However inspiration from Charlie those pearls of cunning wisdom I agree it inspires me to carry on writing

I am so glad that your soul is now cleansed by your confession do you feel better by sharing this with the PP group

Maybe your next step of the 10 will be to admit that you are a planner but you will try and stay a sober planner

I think the pp group could make real progress with you David and as you know we are all here for you, especially if you require help with your anger management

It is after all a path less travelled by many planners

Good luck
David Bordoli
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I don’t know if you have noticed Clive but I never have an original thought of my own. I just reguritate what others have said, what I have been taught and the inspiration I gleen from Charlie.

So, in the P word, I was merely extending what others before me had said. But if you really want to know what I consider proper planning to be it is, of course, exactly the type of planning I do!

David
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David
I would also like to look at your soul and discover what you mean by the word proper
Andrew Pearce
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Hello David,

Please explain your usage of the word "PROPER".

please not the common oxford dictionary or whatever dictionay.

i want to know your soul when you use "PROPER"

Regards,

Charlie
Clive Randall
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1 Listen to what others are saying
Never say anything unless you are sure of your facts
Be prepared for the unexpected
Offer solutions not problems
Dont blame everybody else when the programme is not achieved
Anoon Iimos
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let’s apply some originality and preciseness in here..

i lost the numbering, where are we???

9.0001) A corrupted Plan Corrupts a Planner!

9.0002) A corrupted Planner Corrupts a Project Manager!

9.0003) A corrupted Project Manager Corrupts a Project!

9.0004) A corrupted Project was Planned by a Corrupt Customer!

a planner always escapes!
Bill Guthrie
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"IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, THAN PLAN TO FAIL"

THIS IS MY SIGN OFF ON ALL MY EMAILS
David Bordoli
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Nice one Andrew... but what I think you were looking for is:

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by
Douglas Adams
English humorist & science fiction novelist (1952 – 2001)

Sorry for being pedantic but I was researching quotations like that for a forecasting paper I am writing. My favourite, I found in ‘The Analysis of Time Series: An Inroduction’ by Chris Chatfield (although he cites it as Anonymous):

Forecasting is the art of saying what will happen, and then explaining why it didn’t!

You might also like these (they are also classed as Anon):

The first 90% of the job takes 90% of the time, the next 10% takes the other 90%

The only person to get things done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe

And, as Andrew Pearce recently reminded us:

The Critical Path: The shortest route to the nearest pub

And finally, slightly off topic:

I’ve been on a calendar but I have never been on time
Marilyn Monroe
American actress and some-time calendar girl (1926-1962)

Time is on my side, yes it is
Norman Mead
performed by Mick Jagger/The Rolling Stones (released 26 September 1964)
David Bordoli
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The P word thing made me smile… Wikipedia, the font of all knowledge (sic) has a nice article about the Five or Seven Ps:

The 6 Ps is a British Army adage:
Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
It is sometimes seen as the 7 Ps:
Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Another version of the 7 Ps is:
Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Or even euphemistically as the 5 Ps:
Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance
Its corollary:
Piss Poor Planning makes for Poor Performance

My contribution, if you want to use 7 Ps but are worried about the mild expletive try:
Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Painfully Poor Performance

Maybe this should be a separate thread, ‘the P word’, to see how long we can make a legible chain!

David
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9. Never set unrealistic deadlines - The noise scares you when they woosh past.
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Timeliness starts with timelines, but deadlines lead to deadliness.
7. 5-P Rule:
PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS POOR PERFORMANCE
Andrew Sherwood
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6. Plan the work, and work the plan...
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5. Top Management don’t care about Gantt chart, always prepare your reports in excel & powerpoint.
Anoon Iimos
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3. Disseminate information before it’s too late.
4. Never hide the "real score" or polish your schedule just to make it cool!