You wouldn't go about building a house, creating a new piece of software, or launching any project without a project plan, right? The project management plan, however, is more than how the work will be done: it's how the project will be done. That's right, the project management plan defines how the project is executed, monitored and controlled, and then closed. It's a plan on how to manage, coordinate, and integrate all the different knowledge areas and processes within a project. It's multifaceted. Figure 4-2 shows the process necessary before the project management plan can be developed. Think of all the things a project manager and the project team will decide within the project plan that need to be documented:
• Which project management processes and their level of implementation are appropriate for the project
• What tools and techniques will be used with which processes
• How the selected processes will be used to manage the project, including how the processes will interact as the project moves through its own phases
• How the project work will be completed
• How change control will happen
It's a logical approach to get to the project management planning phase.
• How configuration management will be performed
• The integrity of the project's baselines and how the measurements will be used to better manage the project
• Communication demand and techniques with the project stakeholders
• How the project phases will commence and proceed
• When and how management will review the project's performance
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What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.