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Project Problem 4: People Don’t Know How to Plan

A common problem that we regularly see with clients in a broad spectrum of industries is that many people simply don’t have the ability to plan their section of the work required for the project to be successful.

Planning isn’t a skill that comes naturally to most people. It requires determined, focused mental effort – as Henry Ford is reputed to have said: “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it!” There are tools to assist with project planning, but these don’t necessarily break down the project into the component step-by-step parts that each individual will need to contribute.

This problem can lead to the project never getting off the ground at all, or alternatively, proceeding in a series of small gains followed by setbacks due to a lack of proper planning. This in turn can lead to discouragement and negative feeling on the part of all involved.