Project planning is intended to structure a foundation for the execution and control phase of a project. When a project is properly planned out project success usually becomes imminent (Zwikael, 2009). Evidently, the importance of planning is illustrated in the article: “Benchmarking of project planning and success in selected industries” by (Zwikael & Globerson, 2006) as it indicates the evaluation of project planning quality across several different industries.
In particular, these industries consisted of: construction and engineering, services, software, communications, production and maintenance. The studies incorporated questionnaires that were developed for project managers in each industry. The purpose was to analyze which field had the best practices in regards to project management planning quality. To further contrast, the project management planning quality (PMPQ) model evaluates the project planning; it incorporates the processes being performed during the planning phase of a project by both the project manager and the organization (Zwikael & Globerson, 2006 pg 3). The results from the studies were intriguing as the construction and engineering industry scored the highest in quality planning and project success over any other industry (Zwikael & Globerson, 2006 pg 7); it indicates that this is due to the extensive organizational support that project managers have and because the construction and engineering industries are more project oriented (Zwikael & Globerson, 2006 pg 7). This could symbolize that the added benefit that project managers have in respect to organizational support alleviates more influential value in the planning phase (Zwikael & Globerson, 2006). In fact, it enables project managers with the necessary level of alignment, support, resources, communication and problem solving capabilities (Bourne, 2012).
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