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Performance measurement baselines are management controls that should change only infrequently. Examples of the performance measurement baselines you've looked at so far are budget, quality, and schedule baselines. However, the project plan itself also becomes a baseline. If changes in scope or schedule do occur after Planning is complete, you should go through a formalized process (which I'll cover in Chapter 10) to implement the changes.

Don't forget that sign-off of the project plan is important to the project's success. Your last step in the Planning process group is obtaining sign-off of the project plan from stakeholders, the sponsor, and the management team. If they've been an integral part of the Planning processes all along (and I know you know how important this is), obtaining sign-off of the project plan should simply be a formality.

Note that you will use all the management plans I discussed during the Planning processes—the project management plan and its subsidiary plans, including the scope management plan, the schedule management plan, and so on, plus the cost budgeting baseline, the schedule baseline, and the quality baseline—throughout the Executing process group to manage the project and keep the performance of the project on track with the project objectives. If you don't have a project plan, you'll have no way of managing the process. You'll find that even with a project plan, project scope has a way of changing. Stakeholders and others tend to sneak in a few of the "Oh, I didn't understand that before" statements and hope that they slide right by you. With that signed, approved project plan in your files, you are allowed to gently remind them that they read and agreed to the project plan and you're sticking to it.

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