4.2. Develop Project Management Plan

"Process of defining, preparing, and coordinating all subsidiary plans and integrating them into a comprehensive Project Management Plan"

The definition shown above in italics is taken from the Glossary of the Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013

Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013 Figure 4-4 Page 72 Guide)

- Defines how the project will be executed, monitored, controlled and closed.

  • Defines, integrates and coordinates all other plans and baselines
  • It’s content will vary depending on the application area and project complexity
  • Progressively elaborated
  • Controlled and approved through 4.5 Perform Integrated Change Control

Project Management Plan (The PM Plan)

  • Defines, integrates and coordinates all other plans.
  • It is updated by the Integrated Change Control process.
  • The project management plan defines how the project is executed, monitored/controlled and closed.
  • The results of the other 19 planning processes are integrated in this plan.
  • Any update to the 19 requires update of the overall plan.

PM Plan also contains

Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2013 Table 4-1 Page 78

  • Life cycle selected for the project
  • Tailoring Statement
  • Review and Control Points
  • Description of how work will be completed to achieve project objectives

PM Plan answers these:

  • What are the objectives and how do we intend to meet them?
  • What are the quality expectations and acceptance criteria for the final product and how will it be handed over?
  • What are the major and subordinate deliverables to be produced?
  • When does it have to be done by and how?
  • How much will it cost and what are the risks?
  • What physical and human resources are required?
  • What are the key milestones and stage or phase boundaries?
  • How will change be controlled?
  • Who are the stakeholders and what are their communication requirements?

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