I'll talk more about baselines and the makeup of individual subsidiary management plans as we discuss the various Planning processes from now throughout Chapter 7 of this book.
Enterprise environmental factors You've seen enterprise environmental factors before. Some of the key elements of the environmental factors you should consider when choosing the processes to perform for this project include company culture and organizational structure, personnel administration, and the project management information system (PMIS).
Organizational process assets Some of the key elements of the organizational process assets input you should consider when choosing the processes to perform for this project include standards and regulations (both industry and governmental), project management plan template, change control procedures, historical information, and the configuration management knowledge database that contains the official company policies, standards, procedures, and other project documents.
The PMIS is an automated (or manual) system used to document the project management plan and subsidiary plans, to facilitate the feedback process, and to revise the documents. It incorporates the configuration management system and the change control system, both of which I'll cover in Chapter 10, "Measuring and Controlling Project Performance." Later in the project, the PMIS can be used to control changes to any of the plans. When you're thinking about the PMIS as an input (that is, as part of the enterprise environmental factors), think of it as a collection and distribution point for information as well as an easy way to revise and update documents. When you're thinking about the PMIS as a tool and technique, think of it just that way—as a tool to facilitate the automation, collection, and distribution of data and to help monitor processes such as scheduling, resource leveling, budgeting, and web interfaces.
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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.