A meticulous plan is the first step for achieving success in a projectEvery project has two broad parts - one is to plan and other is to execute. Both of them have their own importance. A good detailed and meticulous plan will always have a better chance of execution. On the other hand however good a plan be if execution is not proper the project might not get success. So, plan and execution are two faces of a coin and are vital for the successful completion of the project. It is said that a meticulous plan is the backbone of a project and if things are detailed at the planning level itself then very less problems will be encountered during the execution stage.
Let us consider some of the things that people should foresee and consider at the planning stage itself. There are many important parts of a plan. First thing is the availability and accessibility of a place for executing the plan. This is a crucial element because if we cannot access the physical place or in case of online plans, data to be used in the plan then there is no point in moving ahead as bottlenecks would come in the beginning itself. For example, if there is plan to make a big dam in some area for electricity generation and water supply then some villages would submerge in that big dam and until there is a feasible and mutually acceptable alternative place for the villagers to dwell and start their fields in the new area given to them, the work on the project cannot start. There could be many other situations like that. Next important thing is the size of the plan and financial requirement. The source of finance is the most important point as any disruption in flow of money for payments to labourers and other associated people would stall the work. Another important thing is quality of the material used and the testing reports etc for assuring that the items used in the project are of superior quality to finally create something of high quality. No project is complete without inspection and quality assurance and that is to be done meticulously as per the standard testing guidelines. The last thing is the estimate of work and expected expenditures in the execution of the plan. This is to be carried out on stage basis and there should be check points at which we have to see where we stand with respect to the envisaged plan and if any deviation is there why it is there and how to correct it to bring the expenditure under control and adhere the schedule to the original time estimates. A meticulously made thorough plan is the first right step for the successful achievement of the project.
This is my entry for the month end TOW contest on the topic 'Plan'.