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The most important phase of a project is the planning phase, not the execution." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

The most important phase of a project is the planning phase, not the execution." Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?
I totally disagree with you Sir! Execution is the most important part to turn your plan into reality. No matter how good your plan is, if your execution stage is worst. This will affect your perfect plan and cause delay in the project milestone and additional cost in your target budget. If you have good execution, then that means your project is going according to your plan.
on September 12 at 11:01 AM Edited
Risk Management also done in Planning... eg Natural Disaster, Resourse Delay etc.
on September 22 at 07:28 PM
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I am agree with you. No matter what the project size is planning is important. If you are not planning then you are asking for trouble. And if you are not planning for your project then you are planning to fail. I know a company who was thinking that Execution is more important than planning. They never did any planning. There was no Baseline Schedule. There was no Cost Baseline. They were just executing the project on instructions of their client. The project duration was 546 days but the project is still in progress after 6.5 yrs. Due to Scope Creep the project is not in control and there are so many issues in formally accepting the project deliverable because no body knows who incorporated the change. The company has spent almost double of what was their Project Price. The company is going to be blacklisted for ever.
Plan well before going into execution otherwise be ready for a nightmare.
Ahmad Jan - PMP, PMI-SP, MPM on September 12 at 08:55 AM Edited
Agree on this, in order to be successful in execution the contractor who will do the task should be involved in the planning stage to agree on every milestone that was planned and they should be accountable for the outcome not only at the completion of each task.
on September 12 at 07:09 PM
Execution cannot happen without a plan. Even if you do not have a written plan you still need some sort of plan to execute the project, even if the plan exists only in your head. However, if the plan is not well thought out, it will result in various problems in execution. Without a plan you cannot tell whether execution is going in the right direction or you are in for a rude shock. Its like an army going into a battle without a plan, surely it will fight but it will be a disaster no question about it. 
Having said that, a plan is not worth the paper its written on if it is not put into execution.
Syed Hasan Shirazi on December 01 at 02:20 AM
Nice Question Engineer Mohammad, I would say that the planning phase in any construction project is very important. However, the most important is the execution phase. The reason i say so, you can start and finish the project without planning, yes you will pay more money, more time, and maybe less quality, but at the end of the day, you will have your project finished. In the other hand, no project can be finished without execution regardless of how accurate your planning is.
Conclusion: Execution stage is more important that planning stage.
Who agrees with me?
Hany Ismael on September 11 at 03:01 PM
Yes ur correct.
on September 11 at 08:21 PM
I agree
on September 12 at 06:29 AM
i agree ...execution stage importan
on September 14 at 05:38 AM
I will disagree with you. Most important phase is construction phase as explained by Engr. Hany. 
Muhammad Zahid on September 13 at 12:08 PM
Mr. Ahmad Jan & Mr. Hany Ismael  with both i am agree
Each stage has its own importnace.
Planning without execution is nothing. Execution without planning is disaster.
Mohamed Amer on September 11 at 08:16 PM