A project plan outline explaining how a project will be executed and monitored, in this case an IT or software development project. Covers management of scope, schedule, cost, quality, process improvement, staffing, communication, risk, and more.
What this is
A project plan outline explaining how a project will be executed and monitored. Project plans define how the team will work together to deliver the project's scope. It may be a detailed document describing the management approach, or a summary pointing to a variety of other planning documents. This template takes a middle path between those options, by outlining key strategic guidelines and referring to other documents where appropriate. It includes several sections particularly useful for managing IT projects.
Why it's useful
Project management plans include a definition of scope and project deliverables, a plan for managing the project's schedule, the cost management approach, a quality assurance strategy, resource planning guidelines, and a variety of other key project details. After reviewing the plan, all project stakeholders should have a solid understanding of the approach of the project management initiative. This is useful for setting stakeholder expectations.
The plan also helps the project team better understand project details, especially during the initial stages of project planning. It also creates the foundation for building the project's schedule, as well as a means of identifying project risks and constraints. Finally, it provides a means of evaluation and control during project development, and a framework for project approval and completion.
The project manager should use this document as a guide for continually evaluating and maintaining the project's health.
How to use it
Sinikka L. Waugh, PMP, is the founder and head coach of the project management coaching firm Your Clear Next Step, L.L.C. Sinikka is an actively practicing project management consultant, known for consistently helping teams find innovative ways to leverage effective project strategies across multiple disciplines and technologies. With over 10 years in project roles (primarily program manager, project manager, and business analyst) Sinikka has successfully applied project and leadership expertise to improve project performance in a wide variety of industries, including publishing, education, product fulfillment and distribution, insurance, event and travel management, human resources, and financial services. As a coach, Sinikka's down-to-earth, Òtry this nowÓ approach blends with her passion for helping others improve. Her energetic and engaging style helps make both the art and science of project management accessible to those she works with.
Sinikka holds a BA from Central College, an MA from the University of Iowa, and is a certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute.
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