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To help identify relevant stakeholders, make sure to understand the complete business workflow process(es) and how each person involved is impacted by your project objectives.

• Determine project control system Specifically, we need to get agreement on how the performance of the project will be measured, how often, and how it will be reported. In addition, we need to determine how performance variances should be managed. Frequently, this information is documented in either the project plan itself, the project communications plan, and/or in the quality management plan. We will discuss this in greater detail in Chapter 10, "Controlling a Project."

• Plan for change All plans are subject to change. The difference with successful projects is that they anticipate the changes and establish procedures in advance to review, assess, and manage any request or any factor that impacts the key performance factors (scope, quality, time, and cost). These procedures help to ensure that the right people are involved in the process and that the right people are informed of any "change" decision. We will discuss this in greater detail in Chapter 11, "Managing Project Changes."

• Plan for project information There are two primary objectives of this step:

o Where will the project repository be located? Who can access it? Who controls it? o How will changes to project deliverables be managed and controlled?

This information is frequently maintained in a configuration management plan. We will discuss this in greater detail in Chapter 12, "Managing Project Deliverables."

• Plan for issues All projects have issues and action that must be taken to resolve them. The difference on successful projects is that they establish a process in advance to closely track these issues and establish a procedure in advance to escalate any critical issue to the appropriate management stakeholders. We will discuss this in greater detail in Chapter 13, "Managing Project Issues."

The risk management process can impact the project plan throughout the project because it is a continuous, proactive project management activity.

• Plan for quality Another proactive management approach to determine the quality standards and policies that project deliverables and processes must meet. For planning, the significance is that additional roles, work activities, and costs will likely impact the project schedule and the project budget. We will discuss this in greater detail in Chapter 15, "Managing Project Quality."

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

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.

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