A contingent approach to strategic and tactical choices in project planning is presented. Choices regarding planning phases and tactics are seen as dependent on planning goals and contextual variables. A simulation was designed to pool the judgments of experienced planners on how planning strategy and tactics should change as a situation changes so as to increase the likelihood of planning success. Eight panels were formulated to examine eight different situations. The next step in the research is to determine whether following the pooled judgments does lead to greater planning success.