I confess. I really didn’t want to take a course about Project Planning. And now I am so glad I did. It’s not that I assumed I knew everything there was to know about planning a project. Actually, I was very aware that I didn’t know much, but usually got by without any formal training. All of my past experience in managing project deadlines has been ad-hoc. I’m a master at tracking tasks in excel spreadsheets – at least I think I am. I secretly made fun of PMs who created schedules in MS Project. Seriously, I had no idea that project planning was more than an unreadable chart from a silly Microsoft application.
For all the Project Managers I’ve worked with in the past – my sincere apologies!
Now, I feel ready to tackle my final project in the ICM program, which will be an online portfolio. I learned the value of planning detailed tasks and estimating durations. I learned a way to plan for risks and quantify them – something I always ignored. I assumed the risks were blatantly obvious, so why write them down? Nor did I realize that project management is essentially risk management.
About that silly Microsoft application…it’s not so silly. It’s a challenging program to learn, but not impossible. I’ve realized that MS Project is just a tool; the actual planning is done way before a new project file is even started. I always thought PMs opened a new file and simply added dates that software developers gave them. Again – so sorry to all the hard working and effective Project Managers out there!
Anyway, I think Project Planning is an elective. For anyone on the fence about registering for this course – I highly recommend taking advantage of this opportunity to prepare for your capstone.
You won’t regret it.