A plan is a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something which specifies the what, when, how and by whom.

OGC (2009)

This PRINCE2 definition of planning is precise; however, it does not tell the full story. We also need to know the ‘why’ and ‘wherefore’ of plans and of the planning process.

This chapter describes some guiding principles of planning. It describes what the project manager should focus on and how to give subordinate team leaders the freedom to set out and manage detailed plans. Throughout, we emphasise the need to understand what the plan is about and how it sets out the path to success. This is more pertinent than just having a list of tasks and dependencies to hand.

We first describe the initial ...

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