Project Management Plan

As a project manager, I think it is important to have a comprehensive project management plan in place. According to the PMBOK, this document describes how you will achieve realistic measurements. It also describes how to monitor and control the project as well as manage and close it successfully. It has all the plans that support the overall plan. It also has reference points to measure project progress.  It is an important project artifact and should be updated regularly as the project progresses.

A project management plan can be a brief overview of a project. In this case it includes the main points, along with the purpose of the text, the key takeaways. In this case, we will have to elaborate it over time as assumptions about the project become clearer. Also, it may include a lot of information or explanations. This change according to the characteristic of a project. 

I can guarantee that regardless of the situation the project management plan must always include approved baselines. A project management plan is always a document that needs to be approved. The people who will approve this document can be the project manager, project sponsor, functional manager, or project team. Contrary to popular belief, senior management and the customer are not among the people who will approve the project management plan.

This plan would then create input to the execution, measurement, monitoring and controlling, and closing process groups. The process of developing a project management plan is conducted in the planning process group and integration management knowledge area.

Develop Project Management Plan Process

Project management planning is not a one time event. We need to assemble multiple documents to do this.  There is a management plan for each knowledge area, so we will assemble them thoroughly.  After we have completed the initiating process group, we will need to work on creating a project management plan. Any feedback from stakeholders about how the processes will be tailored will be of invaluable importance. Well defined deliverables, clear and prioritized goals will be the guide to be successful.

Inputs of Project Management Plan Creation