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Welcome to the APM Planning, Monitoring and Control Interest Network.

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Integrated planning The application of management processes that bring together the planning of benefits, success criteria, scope, quality, time, resources, cost, risk, communications etc to create the project management plan.

Definition from APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition

What is planning?

The generic area of operation is project control, focusing on the techniques and processes listed as well as interfaces to other subject areas, e.g. risk, governance, programme and portfolio management.

Beyond the tool set there is an interest in the behavioural aspects of management and how this affects implementation and leadership within these areas.

"Planning determines what is to be delivered, how much it will cost, when it will be delivered, how it will be delivered and who will carry it out."

"The recording, analysing and reporting of project performance as compared to the plan in order to identify and report deviations."

"Tracking performance against agreed plans and taking the corrective action required to meet defined objectives"

The Planning, Monitoring and Control Interest Network seeks to promote and develop awareness and understanding of the benefits of planning, monitoring and controls and bring together planning, monitoring and control professionals to:  

  • share good practice
  • promote and develop career options raise visibility and awareness of PMC benefits
  • increase diversity and representation within the PMC profession
  • communicate and explore emerging trends and practices from across the profession
  • connect and have fun!

We are formed by groups of volunteers and provides an unique meeting place for experts, beginners, specialists and generalists from all industry sectors.

Our generic area of operation is project control, focusing on techniques and processes as well as interfaces to other subject areas, e.g. risk, governance, programme and portfolio management.

Beyond the tool set there is an interest in the behavioural aspects of management and how this affects implementation and leadership within these areas.

Working groups and publications
Working groups explore specific topics with interested members, a current working group is looking at Project Data Analytics and how this may change how project controls evolves in the future.

We are involved in the development and publishing of a number of guides and tools and is always keen for further involvement in this space.

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Featured resources

Senior Managers Guide To Project Controls Cover Card
Senior Managers' Guide to Project Controls

Making the case for investing in project controls.


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How wargaming can help your team make better project decisions
Wargames are a great way to test ideas, responses to situations and teams’ ability to work well under stress. At a basic level, a wargame is a bit like an escape room: the team faces a series of challenges, and their (or their organisation’s) typical responses are evaluated.
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9 Objectives of Project Initiation
Embarking on a new project is much like setting sail on uncharted waters. Without a proper map and compass, it's easy to lose direction or encounter unexpected obstacles. That's where project initiation comes in – the crucial phase where the foundation for success is laid.  
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Evaluation in project management: what you need to consider
Evaluation has a pivotal role in project management. Good evaluation maximises learning from projects and facilitates the effective communication of project benefits and successes. It serves as the compass, guiding projects toward successful completion and it should be woven into the very fabric of your project.
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Sense-checking what’s intended: Testing the road worthiness of any plan
Big brands and inventors have long been aware of the danger of creating products that customers simply don’t understand. Think EZ Squirt Ketchup, BIC disposable underwear or even the Segway. When it comes to projects, problems with planning often stem from the same root cause; those carrying out the project have been unable to understand what is intended. In a number of cases, this is simply because none of the people initiating the project have articulated the intent behind it or, if they have, they simply haven’t shared it. 
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What’s the Point? Planning with Intent
Using this idea of intent as a basis for shared meaning is extraordinarily useful in any complex environment because it gives those people delivering the project the authority and the boundaries for independent thought. The whole point of managing projects effectively and efficiently is that you know where you are trying to get to, but you allow those delivering it a level of discretion in terms of the best way to get there.