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Evaluation of Planning. I used five different techniques to enable me to produce final product. These techniques were action plan, summary action plan, mind maps, Gantt chart and critical path. These are techniques used by professional companies for thei

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Evaluation of my performance in relation to planning the project Introduction: Planning is a key skill required throughout the life. The purpose of the planning is to find out how the project outcomes will be achieved successfully within both the required quality and timescale. Planning helps to work out the most effective way of reaching your target and prepare to overcome unexpected difficulties in advance. Planning develops the ability to prioritize the tasks. If I did not plan my project I would have not known what tasks I was required to do and what my time limit was, which could have lead ultimately to the failure of the project. The purpose of evaluating my performance in relation to planning is so that I can identify what I did well and what I did not do well. This will help me to carry out better planning in the future I hope that by improving my planning techniques. It will help me in all aspects of my life. Planning techniques used: I used five different techniques to enable me to produce final product. These techniques were action plan, summary action plan, mind maps, Gantt chart and critical path. These are techniques used by professional companies for their planning. The techniques I used were generally effective and helped me to a number of tasks and a final product by the final deadline with required quality. Action plan: To plan my project, first of all I and the other people in the group read the brief and identified the tasks that we would be required to do complete the project we wrote them down on paper. We produced an action plan by ordering these tasks and broke them down into simple steps. This helped me to see how many individual tasks I need to do in order to finish this project. I then typed this up so I could see the big picture. ...read more.

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The problem with my Gantt chart was that I did not write down the dependency of the tasks and I could not visualise what are my priorities. So when I was starting a new task I had to use summary project plan to see what I should have done before starting this task. This made my Gantt chart less efficient and wasted my time. The disadvantage of Gantt chart is that the dependencies are too hard to verify as the tasks are broken into very little steps. The changes on the schedule require redrawing of chart. I would use Gantt chart in future because it helped me to set my schedule but it should be produce by experts because if you no experience about the task you cannot plan the time effectively. It also allowed me to review my progress because I was ticking the tasks which I completed. It enabled me to visualise the deadlines and duration in weeks. Critical path: Finally I used drew a critical path for my project. Critical path provides a graphical view of the project. First I decided to draw a pert chart but then I changed my mind and drew critical path as it was easier than pert chart. The critical path was completely new to me because I had never done it before. So I used internet and researched and helped by two people in the class. I found a good presentation and used it to find out the EST (earliest start time) and LFT (latest finish time). To create a critical path I drew a table and wrote down the tasks reference number, task name, duration in minutes and dependency of task. It was easy for me to draw a critical path because I had sequenced the activities. The activities are depicted as nodes on the networks and beginning or ending of activities are depicted as lines between the nodes. ...read more.

Conclusion

Because it had massive impact on my time planning I was not able to complete my tasks. So I will make sure that if I am doing something I have no experience at I give myself enough time. I will also make sure that if I stuck on task I ask for help rather than leaving it incomplete for some other time. Because I have learnt that incomplete tasks affects the planned deadlines and some tasks are also dependent on other. In addition to this I will have to be motivated to learn new things. I have learnt that motivation is important through out the project on the time so I will ensure that I mentally coach myself to have a positive frame of mind. If I were to make a Gantt chart in future; I will ensure that it includes all important features which make my Gantt chart efficient by enabling me to visualize relevant information. The main thing I have learnt during this planning project is importance of monitoring and controlling a project. This will help me in any project in future. I will divide my project into certain sections (depends on how long the project is) and then at the end of each section I will check my progress to see if I am on schedule and on right direction. By doing this I will have an opportunity to control the project. I will ensure that I leave some extra time for unexpected problems and I also take an account of all the possible days that will not be available to work while planning and estimating my time for a project. Planning is a key component to the success of any project and I think that this project has enabled me to learn very useful skills that will help me in future; particularly I have enhanced my decision making and lateral thinking. I have learnt my mistakes and will not repeat them in future to plan more effectively. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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