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Planning and managing projects

Getting Started

Whether you're mangaging a whole organisation or a project, these guides to Operations Management and Project Management from KnowHow NonProfit break things into practical components and link to a range of further resources.

Introductions and overviews

The Big Lottery has some great guides to project planning.  Although they're written with Lottery applicants in mind, the subjects and structures they cover are almost universally applicable.  Start with Getting Funding and Planning Successful Projects and then have a look through their guides and links, which include example project plans.

The CES planning triangle is a simple but incredibly useful way to plan out projects; download their worked examples to see how it can be used.

Implementing Strategy; Ideas and Inspiration is a downloadable, thought-provoking guide to strategic thinking by Stella Smith from Charities Evaluation Services.

Direction, from the Centre for Charity Effectiveness, is a rich and thorough downloadable guide to forward planning featuring group tasks and real life examples.


The Complete Guide to Business and Strategic Planning for Voluntary Organisations by Alan Lawrie is a useful tool for helping you to think about and set your organisational direction. Highly recommended.

The Complete Guide to Creating and Managing New Projects by Alan Lawrie is a helpful book for both new and experienced project managers.

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