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What are the symptoms of ineffective planning?
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How quickly you can discover the symptoms of ineffective project planning? and make a wake-up call

Few of the things are:

that you notice the team are running in reactive rather than proactive mode

Delays occurs frequently

Mismanagement is highly visible
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When people are invited to a meeting , they are confused as to why they are there.
If there are agendas for meetings, they are hijacked by ineffective discussions and no-one is in control .
Several in-corridor discussions or decisions between stakeholders containing critical information about a project without a formal record of such discussion happening.
Changes implemented without a plan and have resulted in system failures.
Key decisions being stuck in a bureaucratic abyss and no one is clear if and how they are relevant for or a dependency on a project.
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Deepesh, yes I see those poor communications, you are right and thanks for your feedback
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Not taking into consideration experts opinions on what all activities need to be performed and rather ignoring them
Not involving experts in estimating activities and pushing back inputs that suggest things make take longer
Too many overlapping activities while sharing critical team members
No risk visibility or even acknowledgement while having several dependencies between activities
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Jan 10, 2019 9:42 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Lenka, I like all your points they make sense thanks for your feedback
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Hi Riyadh,
There are some warning points which are happened due to poor project planning.Stakeholder Disengagement ,Ambiguous Scope,Unhealthy Client/Vendor Relationship and Inexperienced Project Team
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Jan 10, 2019 9:43 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Shadav, thanks those also very valid points and can shows a lot about the planning issues.
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The most notable symptoms of ineffective planning that I have encountered are bureaucratic delays with uncertainty and overlapping activities with critical team members as mentioned by Deepesh and Lenka respectively.
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Impact on Team member attendance and participation.
Taking leaves and giving lame excuses etc are also other symptioms
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Jan 10, 2019 9:45 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Rajesh, thanks for your points but I think the attendance issue can be controlled because you are the one to approve the leaves
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Riyadh -

Significant variation from what was expected. Whether that is a budget overrun, unforeseen technical issues, team member shortfalls or escalating stakeholder discontent, if your plans are too different than reality, you will be left dealing with the resulting gap.

Kiron
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Jan 10, 2019 9:48 PM
Riyadh Salih
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Kiron, thanks for your continuous feedback, I have seen a lot of the un-detected technical issues due to lack of experience on the related subject and all falls on me to cover and fix, I started to have more reviews with the team to see if they have missed something and usually I end up adding 3-4 points when it comes to my area expertise.
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You might get away with ineffective planning, if you have a perfect team and a supportive sponsor and everybody heads into the same direction. Many plans are figleafs anyway, e.g. with large government projects like Sydney opera house or Berlin airport. As German General von Moltke once said: no plan survives the first contact with the enemy.
Sure, planning is necessary to be better prepared for ANY situation. Ask a firefighter.

Taking up agile thinking, being adaptive and resilient is more important than establishing a project bureaucracy.
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Jan 10, 2019 9:52 PM
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Thomas, thank you for highlighting a different approach and adaptive way to look at the frequent changes and focus on end results my only concern that to find a team aware of the agile methodology and 80% can be adaptive to ensure success of the project but I will be more prepared to expect and accept this in future.
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Jan 10, 2019 1:05 AM
Replying to Lenka Pincot
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Not taking into consideration experts opinions on what all activities need to be performed and rather ignoring them
Not involving experts in estimating activities and pushing back inputs that suggest things make take longer
Too many overlapping activities while sharing critical team members
No risk visibility or even acknowledgement while having several dependencies between activities
Lenka, I like all your points they make sense thanks for your feedback
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Jan 10, 2019 1:16 AM
Replying to SHADAV MOHAMMAD ANSARI
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Hi Riyadh,
There are some warning points which are happened due to poor project planning.Stakeholder Disengagement ,Ambiguous Scope,Unhealthy Client/Vendor Relationship and Inexperienced Project Team
Shadav, thanks those also very valid points and can shows a lot about the planning issues.
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