The Planning Process
Planning is an interesting process. This word sprinkled in the right quantity in any report, can make the report look authentic. Most managers love to talk about it, and some even do it. Creative usage of planning coupled with Management by Crisis can make life very exciting.

It is desirable to plan using some scheme. Unplanned projects have a tendency to drag on for ever. Unplanned projects have one advantage over the planned projects - they never fail. Since we do not know where we are going, we do not run the risk of not reaching at our goal. There are several different ways to plan a project - defensive planning, offensive planning, obtrusive planning, transparent planning and so on..

Then of course you could get the big consultants to plan. Most of the time they do not have a clue what they are planning. After spending considerable amount of time doing the so called analysis (ie learning on your cost), they normally give you a plan of a plan - which can only be implemented by them. Most companies agree to it because it is some plan - isn't it.

You see, planning is something which varies with organizational culture. So we do not impose any structure. We give a project with definable tasks which you may or may not use. Or, if you have your own Outlook, MS Project, Timeline or any other planning tool which can do wonders with negative slack, go for it; we will support it.

The planning steps include
 creation of a project
 assigning resources
 estimating resource usage
 defining tasks
 defining dependencies