What are the Benefits of Using a Project Plan in Your Engineering Career?

Are you always making a project plan for your engineering projects, no matter how small?  If so, you’re helping to make yourself more attractive to civil engineering recruitment programs, private businesses, and anyone else in need of an engineer.  Creating solid project plans helps demonstrate your competency to them, as well as bringing a wide range of benefits to your own career. 

These are just a few of the benefits that you’ll see, once you make project plans a part of every project you work on.

Five Major Reasons to Always Create A Project Plan
1 – Improved communication
No matter how perfectly you can visualize your project in your mind, you still need to communicate that vision to everyone else involved in the project.  That’s exactly what a detailed project plan can do.  It ensures everyone is on the same page and understands what needs to be done.

2 – Adds motivation
When you have a well-imagined plan to work off of, that makes it much easier to maintain motivation in a project.  It can be treated like a roadmap, with major hurdles and features checked off one-by-one.  As the project drags on, the plan can become what you focus on to always understand that you are making progress.

3 – Predicting future problems
One of the things that separate a good engineer from a great engineer is having the ability to predict problems that are likely to occur and have contingency plans in place to deal with such eventualities.  The more detailed your project plan is, the more likely you’ll be able to see such possibilities – and be able to deal with them.

4 – Control the project, rather than being controlled
One of the biggest existential dangers in engineering is the project that becomes so huge that it gets out of control.  Choices aren’t dictated by larger goals, but by day-to-day reactions to things happening with the project.  The more detailed your plan is, the less likely this is to happen.

5 – Stay on track
If you ever lose your way on a project, the plan will be there to remind you of what needs to be done.  It can remain rock-solid, no matter how much anything else changes.

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