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Planning Skills Workshop

Techniques and methods of effective planning

1 Day - Non Residential

“If you fail to plan you are planning to fail”… When we are at work we all feel we are 'busy'; but good companies and organisations make certain their employees are busy 'doing the right things efficiently and effectively' - i.e. 'doing the right things, right'.

This one-day workshop is the ideal way to learn and practise the skills of good planning and is a 'must' for all managers, supervisors, team leaders and shift leaders.


“Really Great Course”

No other planning skills workshop gives you more…

Delegate spaces available on the following course dates:

Arrow Date: 2nd October, 2014
Venue: Central London
Brochure Price: £565.00
Online Price: £565.00 (Places Available to Book)
Arrow Date: 2nd December, 2014
Venue: Spearhead Regional Training Centre, Chipping Norton
Brochure Price: £545.00
Online Price: £545.00 (Places Available to Book)

Non-residential Courses

The course fee includes all course materials, use of video and other training equipment as required. Lunch and light refreshments are included in the fee for all courses of one day, or longer, in duration. The number of delegates attending each course is limited in order to ensure individual participation. If overnight accommodation is required we can provide details of local hotels.


Programme Contents

  • The Importance of Planningplanning-skills.jpg
  • - Why Should You Plan?
  • - Why People Avoid Planning
  • Understanding the Planning Cycle
  • Defining the Aim of Your Plan
  • - Identifying your Goals
  • - SWOT and Related Tools
  • - The Goal Matrix
  • Exploring Options
  • - Affinity Diagrams and Related Techniques
  • - Tree Diagrams
  • Selecting the Best Option
  • Detailed Planning and Scheduling
  • - The Elements of a Good Plan
  • - WBS & Flowcharts
  • - Estimating Resources
  • - Creating an Action Plan
  • - GANTT Charts and Load Charts
  • Checking Your Plan
  • - Feasibility Checklist
  • - Scenario Planning & Contingency Planning
  • - Setting Milestones to Measure Progress
  • The Logical Framework Approach
  • Avoiding the Common Planning Pitfalls


You will get from this course:

  • 1. An understanding of effective planning concepts and principles
  • 2. A number of tools and techniques to assist in the planning process that can be applied to a wide variety of situations
  • 3. The ability to produce better thought out plans that are more likely to succeed
  • 4. A Course Certificate
  • 5. A CD of up to date self-development and reference materials to reinforce your learning
  • 6. On going support via e-train, Spearhead’s scheduled e-communications of additional tips and advice to sustain your motivation and support your personal development when you are back at work
  • 7. Access to the Spearhead telephone Help-line so you can get individual post-course support from your tutor when you want it

Course Description:

planning-skills.JPGThe workshop takes a structured look at the process of planning and introduces a number of tools and techniques to assist in the planning process. Using a mixture of tutor input, exercises and case studies delegates will be guided through the concepts and principles of effective planning. 

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"I found it very educational and hard to improve on, honestly!"

KS - Apr 2013
John Guest