Consequences of poor planning

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  1. Tracey Sharp

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    From people who are not familiar with project management, one of the top fielded questions is what are the consequences of poor planning? One of the top and fatal consequences of poor planning in project management is project failure. This result is something that should be avoided at all costs. With that hindsight, here are the top three reasons why good planning is essential for a project’s successful execution.

    Planning is the foundation on which you base the project execution. Without a strong and stable foundation, the project is more than likely to collapse around your ears.
    Good planning will ensure that the resources are ideally utilized. You should not waste resources when planning a project as this will result in the decrease of the overall profits from the project.

    The whole team should work as a unit to complete the tasks. Improper planning will result in the assignment of redundant tasks, thus increasing the cost and time taken to complete a project.

     
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    Five badly affected areas due to poor planning :

    a) Over budgeted
    b) Poor quality - Customer dissatisfaction
    c) Schedule failure
    d) Lost business
    e) Low team morale
     
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    One of the top and fatal consequences of poor planning in project management is project failure. This result is something that should be avoided at all costs. With that hindsight, here are the top three reasons why good planning is essential for a project’s successful execution.

    Planning is the foundation on which you base the project execution. Without a strong and stable foundation, the project is more than likely to collapse around your ears.

    Good planning will ensure that the resources are ideally utilized. You should not waste resources when planning a project as this will result in the decrease of the overall profits from the project.

    The whole team should work as a unit to complete the tasks. Improper planning will result in the assignment of redundant tasks, thus increasing the cost and time taken to complete a project.
     
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  4. Harland Rains

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    Most organizations put more emphasis on the processes than the people involved in the project. And, forcing project team members and leaders to adapt to the processes is often the cause of a failed project. After all when you put the emphasis on the people in the project, rather than strictly mandating they stick to specific management processes and procedures, the people involved are less likely to have leeway to move and change as needed or to go with the flow as unexpected situations arise. Mandating a strict following of procedures will doom any project from the start.
     
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  5. Sofia Fassio

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    As was said before, low team morale can be one of the biggest impacts of poor planning in a project. And, there is no real way to estimate the cost or damage of low team morale, except to note that your team will be less productive without clear guidelines and strategy on the project. Taking time to plan out the project adequately before the start is the key to a successful project completion.
     
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  6. Bernhard Shem

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    A lack of business support and poor budgetary estimates are two consequences of poor planning for a project. A project manager might think it's a sign of maturity to just jump right into the project without planning, however this can lead to disaster. The project must be defined properly and all expectations must be identified before the project can begin. For that reason, you must not skimp on planning stage of a project.
     
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  7. Sanford Sacheverrel

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    What are the consequences of poor planning? Obviously, project failure is one of the biggest consequences. You didn't even bother mentioning how much money is lost when a project fails. It's estimated that up to 15% of IT related projects fail in the United States alone, yearly causing an average loss of $50 to $150 billion dollars. That's the real cost or consequence of poor planning.
     
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  8. Norina Vincelli

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    Just think about a real life scenario here where you want to buy a home but fail to create a good plan on how to save that money. Your daily expenses will go unchecked and at the end of the month, you will have no money for putting into a savings plan. The same is true about a project, if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. There is no way around taking time to thoroughly map out your road ahead, otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure.
     
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    Some of the most important things you will want to consider during planning stage include: define the project objectives, scope, assumptions, risks, budget, timeline, organization, and overall approach. All very relevant for a successful project.
     
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  10. Carson

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    Not being finished on time or overspending could be results of poor planning. No need to short-change the area of planning at the start of the project as this phase of project management is most essential for proper execution of the plan later on.
     
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